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Riley, Brett

(1970-    ) US teacher and author whose first novel Comanche (2020), is a Western involving the century-old ghost of a gunslinger. His sf tale, Lord of Order (2021), set in a post-Technology Ruined Earth version of a balkanized America, confronts the "Lord of Order" of New Orleans with a crisis of survival. [JC]

Food Pills

A minor Cliché recurring not only in science fiction itself but also in public perceptions of sf and Futures Studies. The eminent French chemist Marcelin Berthelot (1827-1907) laid the groundwork in his essay "Foods in the Year 2000" (1894 McClure's), boldly predicting that Agriculture would be entirely superseded by synthetic food manufacture. The notion of sustaining life through ...

Allbeury, Ted

Working name of UK crime/spy-fiction author Theodore Edward le Bouthillier Allbeury (1917-2005), much of whose fiction takes its authentic tone from the fact that he was in the British secret service during World War Two; he also wrote as Richard Butler and as Patrick Kelly. Some of his spy thrillers edge into Near Future venues, though his only sf novel proper is All Our Tomorrows (1982), which depicts a UK occupied by Russia after it has declined ...

Nines, The

Film (2007). Destination Films/Jinks-Cohen Company. Written and directed by John August. Cast includes Hope Davis, Elle Fanning, Melissa McCarthy, Ryan Reynolds and Octavia Spencer. 100 minutes. Colour. / Perturbations in reality intrude on an actor, a television showrunner, and a Videogame auteur (all Reynolds), whose worlds interlock without overlapping; all three Identities are revealed as ...


US Games Magazine, letter-size in Slick format, published first by gaming company FASA for issues #1-#7 (which included two double issues), November 1984 to July/August 1985. These issues contained no fiction, but did have sf reviews and articles. With #8 (October 1985) Stardate changed hands (to Associates International, Inc, Delaware), subtitle (becoming Stardate: The Multi-Media Science Fiction Magazine), editors ...

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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