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Darker Matter

UK Online Magazine which paid professional rates and burst onto the internet in 2007 but lasted for only five issues, March to August 2007, monthly except for the final issue. It was produced and edited by Ben Coppin, Cambridge, England. Coppin, who had little awareness of online magazines beforehand, felt there was a need for a magazine that paid top rates. His hope was that this would provide both credibility and status for the magazine and would encourage financial support from subscriptions ...

Andrews, John Williams

(1898-1975) US poet whose book-length sf poem, A.D. Twenty-One Hundred: A Narrative of Space (1969 chap) (see Poetry), is a kind of Future History of the next century or so, tracing the sophistication of Space Flight as the Moon is settled and Faster Than Light starships explore the Godless void; the poem closes in a state of cosmogonic Transcendence. [JC]

Kanar, Stephen

(1944-    ) US author in whose Near Future medical thriller, The J Factor (1983), a further Dystopian element is added to American healthcare: big pharma and big business now jointly control who will be offered medical treatment, at any price. [JC]

Venus Wars

Japanese animated film (1989). Original title Vinasu Senki. Based on the Manga by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. Kugatsusha. Directed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. Written by Yūichi Sasamoto and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. Voice cast includes Eriko Hara, Yuko Sasaki, Kaneto Shiozawa and Katsuhida Uekusa. 103 minutes. Colour. / In 2003 Venus was hit by an ice Comet, losing its atmosphere but gaining moisture, which Earth uses as the basis to first Terraform and then colonize the planet (see Colonization of Other ...

Wartofsky, Victor

(1931-2003) US author whose very Near Future Year of the Yahoo (1972) is of some sf interest for its explorations of potential Political extremities in the governance of America; in The Passage (1980), a volunteer at the Psychical Research Institute experimentally explores the afterlife. [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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