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Call of Cthulhu

Role Playing Game (1981). Chaosium. Designed by Sandy Petersen. / Call of Cthulhu is an authorized interpretation of H P Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos in the role playing medium. The core game, set in the 1920s, effectively reflects the central concerns of the Mythos stories, with some variations. Lovecraft's work typically confronts a ...

Kavenna, Joanna

(?   -    ) UK journalist and author some of whose novels make sophisticated use of the SF Megatext, like her second, The Birth of Love (2010), where an intense narrative analysis and presentation of the nature of childbirth is broken into four sequences, the first three of them nonfantastic. The fourth narrative is set in a Dystopian Near Future, a ...

Held, Serge

(1892-1969) Ukrainian-born French consulting engineer and author of La Mort du Fer (1931; trans Fletcher Pratt as "The Death of Iron" [September-December 1932 Wonder Stories]), a Disaster tale – a mysterious virus destroys all iron in the world – which leads to a confused collapse of civilization (see ...

Woolf, Maud

(?   -    ) Scottish author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Stranding" in Metaphorosis Magazine for June 2021. In her first novel, the Near Future Thirteen Ways to Kill Lulabelle Rock (2024), it is possible to create entirely convincing Clones of oneself. The eponymous celebrity at the heart of the tale, after producing twelve, soon finds that the ...

Sutton, Jean

(1915-2003) US author, with her husband Jeff Sutton (whom see for details), of six novels, mostly for Young Adult readers. [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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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