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Shanks, Edward

(1892-1953) UK editor, poet and author in various genres whose Scientific Romance, The People of the Ruins: A Story of the English Revolution and After (16 October 1919-12 February 1920 Land and Water; 1920), seems clearly to reflect World War One (Shanks, who was invalided from front line combat in 1915, was a war poet). The novel applies Suspended Animation to take a man 150 years onwards from a strife-torn 1924 into a depopulated, seemingly pastoral London, but he soon discovers that the ...

Best of Omni Science Fiction

US anthology series that was an offshoot of Omni magazine but which also published original material. The first volume, edited by Ben Bova and Don Myrus, published in March 1980, was all reprint, but was so successful, selling over 300,000 copies in three months, that consideration was given to issuing an all-sf Magazine. In the end a compromise was reached, with each volume a mixture of reprints and new material, some reprints taken from sources other than Omni. Bova and Myrus edited the first ...

Riviere, Sam

(1981-    ) UK teacher, publisher, poet and author, active as a poet from around 2005. He is of some sf interest for his first novel, Dead Souls (2021), a Satirical tale about poets and poetry whose intensely prolonged monologues perhaps benefit from their exposure to a modestly changed very Near Future world (see Fantastika). In the course of this a poet – accustomed to anxious channelling of his elders but now "outed" by QACS, a Computer system clearly capable of ...

Infocomics

Videogame series (1988). Infocom. / The Infocomics are a line of Comics which were sold as Videogames. Their plots are fully determined in advance, but at various points the reader can switch to a different character's view of the story; multiple readings are required to follow the entire plot. While their visual design and writing are generally unimpressive, the Infocomics are of some structural interest as an early form of computer-mediated narrative, with a fixed story which could be ...

Book of the New Sun, The

Major sf work with a Far-Future, Dying Earth setting by Gene Wolfe (whom see for fuller discussion). The Book of the New Sun (1980-1983 4vols) was followed by the nonfiction commentary The Castle of the Otter: A Book About The Book of the New Sun (coll 1983), the direct sequel The Urth of the New Sun (1987), several shorter tales and two further series: the only loosely linked tetralogy The Book of the Long Sun (1993-1996) and its sequel trilogy The Book of the Short Sun (1991-2001), which ...

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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