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McGoran, Jon

(?   -    ) US journalist and author, whose forensics-based crime series as by D H Dublin edges towards but does not actually enter Technothriller country. He is of sf interest for his Spliced sequence beginning with Spliced (2017), set in a Near Future world where Genetically Engineered "chimeras", part-human part-animal, are ...

Transgender SF

In the real world, gender reassignment surgery dates back to around 1930 as a technique; an earlier operation, in 1918, involved only removal of breasts and ovaries. The full procedure only became widely known to the general public, however, after the media blitz that surrounded Christine Jorgensen's transition in 1953. For reasons which may possibly have nothing to do with social attitudes (but almost certainly do), there seems to be no genuine early sf example of an attempt to anticipate ...

Jordan, Hillary

(1963-    ) US author whose second novel, When She Woke (2011), is set in a Near Future America where church and state are no longer separate, and a fundamentalist Dystopia has been established according to whose diktats women are scapegoated and treated as breeders. The homage to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (1850) – on being ...

Walsh, M C

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race novel, The Golden Idol: A Tale of Adventure in Australia and New Zealand (1891), in which explorers discover and attempt to exploit an Underground treasure guarded by the last survivors of an extinct race, though the line may be preserved through the departure of the tale's protagonist with a woman he has fallen in love with. [JC]

Ship of Monsters

Mexican film (1960); original title La Nave de los Monstruos. Producciones Sotomayor. Directed by Rogelio A González. Written by José María Fernández Unsáin and Alfredo Varela, Jr. Cast includes Eulalio González, Ana Bertha Lepe and Lorena Velázquez. 81 minutes. Black and white. / Because all their men have died from atomic radiation, the women of Venus organize an expedition ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for ...

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