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Laidlaw, Marc

(1960-    ) US Videogame writer and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "A Hiss of Dragon" with Gregory Benford for Omni in December 1978. He published solo stories with some frequency in the 1980s, including "400 Boys" (November 1983 Omni), whose inclusion in Bruce Sterling's Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology (anth 1986) elected him to the influential Cyberpunk cohort. But his best-known short work from this period is perhaps the Delbert and Zeb ...

Monkey Punch

(1937-2019) Working name of Kazuhiko Katō, a Japanese Manga artist, largely remembered for a crime caper series (see Crime and Punishment) with frequent crossovers into Equipoise and the Technothriller. His first few strips were published as by Kazuhiko Katō, a pseudonym written with different characters, but pronounced the same as his real name. He reluctantly allowed his editor to call him "Monkey Punch" on what was supposed to be a short-lived, three-month job, the crime series ...

Jordan, Hillary

(1963-    ) US author whose second novel, When She Woke (2011), is set in a Near Future America where church and state are no longer separate, and a fundamentalist Dystopia has been established according to whose diktats women are scapegoated and treated as breeders. The homage to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (1850) – on being convicted of the crime of abortion the protagonist is Genetically Engineered so that she turns red, and is shamed through her ...

Crommelin, May

Working name of Irish author Mary Henriette de la Cherois Crommelin (1849-1930), mostly in England from around 1885, active as a writer of romantic novels – many of them historicals – from 1874; she worked in at least three London hospitals during World War One. Of some sf interest is The Luck of a Lowland Laddie (1900), an adventure set in South America whose protagonists are chased for several chapters by a carnivorous tree. Despite its title, The Isle of the Dead (1911), set on ...

Nova SF

The title of two Amateur Magazines, one UK and one US. / 1. UK Amateur Magazine produced by Adrian Hodges, Cheltenham in octavo format. It saw five slim issues from Spring 1990 to #5 (undated but late 1992). It was one of a wave of British little magazines emulating, to some degree, Dream Magazine but generally stronger on enthusiasm than content. The magazine improved steadily and issue #3 (Winter 1990/91) is notable for an early story by Neal Asher. Problems delayed the next issue by ...

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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