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Wenzel, Kurt

(1965-    ) US author whose third novel, Exposure (2007), is set in a Near Future 2017 Hollywood (see California), an ad-drenched Media Landscape, including MIBs (Moving Image Billboards) through which stalk the apparent Avatars of dead Cinema stars. The Satire is sharp, though perhaps insufficiently radical – MIBs were common only a few years after 2007 – for the tale to instil much salutary dread. [JC]

Haraway, Donna J

(1944-    ) US academic, Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness Department and Feminist Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her critical works operate at the intersection between science and Feminism. One highly influential and much discussed paper was "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s" (1985 Socialist Review #80), exploring Cyborg and Posthuman concepts both literally and as potent metaphors ...

Austruy, Henri

(1871-circa 1940) French editor and author whose left-wing politics may have caused his death at the hands of the Nazis. He was not a prolific author, his time mostly taken by his editorship of La Nouvelle Revue from 1913 to 1940, when it was shut down by the occupying forces. Much of that output is sf, including L'Eupantophone (September-December 1904 La Nouvelle Revue; 1905; trans Brian Stableford with added stories as The Eupantophone and Other Stories coll 2014), a Satire on pre-World War ...

Night of the Comet

Film (1984). Atlantic 9000/Film Development Fund. Directed by Thom Eberhardt. Written by Eberhardt. Cast includes Robert Beltran, Kelli Maroney, Catherine Mary Stewart and Mary Woronov. 100 minutes cut to 95 minutes for UK release. Colour. / This likeable exploitation movie, witty throughout, opens with the light or the Rays from a Comet – an idea perhaps stolen from John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids (6 January-3 February 1951 Collier's Weekly; as "Revolt of the Triffids"; 1951; ...

River, Uncle

Pseudonym of US author Stephen Kaufman (1947-    ), relatively little of whose copious output is of direct sf interest – though his first novel, Thunder Mountain (1996), which is Equipoisal between sf and a regional New-Mexico-style magic realism, interestingly opposes the underlying mythopoeic dream-vision truths of the land itself – a government-sustained enclave of only apparently autonomous life in the West of America – and a Near Future attempt to ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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