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Breukelaar, J S

(?   -    ) US-born teacher and author, in Australia from early adulthood; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Union Falls" in Fantasy Magazine for July 2011, soon becoming recognized for her adroit use of Horror in SF topoi. Collision (coll 2019) presents a gamut of her short work, which is also characterized by a forthright use of the materials of Fantastika to anatomize contemporary life: which she clearly sees as being at profound risk. / ...

Kerr, Philip

(1956-2018) Scottish author, married to Jane Thynne (see C J Carey) until his death, who first came to notice for his Bernard Gunther sequence, the first volumes of which – beginning with March Violets (1989) – are police procedurals set in pre-World War Two Berlin, but which move into occult territory after Gunther has survived the war. Much of his later work is of direct sf interest, beginning with A Philosophical Investigation (1992), perhaps his most impressive single novel; it ...

Thomson, K Graham

(?   -?   ) UK author of an sf novel for boys, People of the South Pole (1941), whose young protagonists discover a primitive Lost Race in a clement zone adjacent to the South Pole. They try to teach them civilization. [JC]

Princess Principal

Japanese animated tv series (2017). Studio 3Hz, Actas. Directed by Masaki Tachibana. Written by Ichirō Ōkouchi. Voice cast includes Nozomi Furuki, Ayaka Imamura, Akari Kageyama, Akira Sekine and Yō Taichi. Twelve 24-minute broadcast episodes, plus six short "Picture Dramas" (DVD extras). Colour. / In the first decade of the twentieth century the Kingdom of Albion (see Alternate History) is the most powerful nation since the Roman Empire, its harnessing of the Antigravity ...

Dyalhis, Nictzin

(1873-1942) US chemist whose debut story was the nonfantastic "Who Keep the Desert Law" (20 October 1922 Adventure); he began to publish work of Pulp sf interest with "When the Green Star Waned" (April 1925 Weird Tales), an early and not particularly well-written Space Opera in which the humanoid inhabitants of Venhez (Venus) discover that Aerth or Earth (known to them as the Green Star) has suffered an Invasion of ravening amoeboid Monsters deployed by mind-controlling Lunarions from the dark ...

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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