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McArthur, Maxine

(1962-    ) Australian author who began publishing sf with the first volume of her Commander Halley sequence, Time Future (1999), which won the 1999 George Turner Award. It is an effective contribution to the growing array of sf novels in which the ambivalent history of colonialism on Earth is not transferred into narratives of Colonization of Other Worlds – a swerve typical of sf written from a First World perspective – but into narratives where Earth is a ...


Videogame (2003). Digital Anvil (DA). Designed by Chris Roberts. Platforms: Win. / Freelancer is a three-dimensional Space Sim which combines the open exploratory gameplay of Elite (1984) with an integrated linear plot (see Interactive Narrative). The player character is Edison Trent, a down on his luck "freelancer" who needs a new ship. Soon the player is involved with a secret alien invasion, searching for a mysterious artefact that can eventually be used to help save humanity. The ...

Strange Adventures

UK slim Pulp magazine; two undated issues 1946 and 1947, published by Hamilton & Co, Stafford; edited anonymously. Strange Adventures was an unmemorable juvenile sf magazine. As with its companion, Futuristic Stories, it was written entirely by Norman Firth under pseudonyms. [FHP] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Wright, J C

(1874-1939) US author, most of his work focused on Native American civilizations, several of his titles, like The Crooked Tree: Indian Legends and a Short History of the Little Traverse Bay Region (coll 1917) containing his versions of traditional material. He is of some sf interest for The Great Myth (1922), a Lost Race tale about the Mound People, which treats his central concerns. This author, who was sometimes known as John C Wright, should not be confused with John C Wright. [JC]

Easton, Edward

Pseudonym of US author Edward P Malerich (1940-    ), author of The Miscast Gentleman (1978), a mildly intriguing Time-Travel tale whose protagonist is transported in adventures in Elizabethan England; and The Pirate of Hitchfield (1978), which similarly transports its protagonist into the seventeenth century, where he becomes involved with pirates. [JC]

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 November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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