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Doerr, Anthony

(1973-    ) US author, active from before the turn of the century. The protagonist of his first novel, About Grace (2004), experiences moments of prescience (see Precognition), during one of which he sees his daughter die; he spends much of the novel, after the model of the Appointment in Samarra fable, attempting to flee this fate: which he meets. The blind protagonist of All the Light We Cannot See (2014), a Holocaust survivor (see Holocaust Fiction), has in childhood been ...

Space Dandy

Japanese animated tv series (2014). Bones. Directed by Shingo Natsume and Shinichirō Watanabe. Writers include Toh Enjoe, Keiko Nobumoto, Dai Sato, Kimiko Ueno and Shinichiro Watanabe. Voice cast includes Unshou Ishizuka, Uki Satake, Junichi Suwabe, Masaaki Yajima and Hiroyuki Yoshino. 26 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Bequiffed letch Space Dandy (Suwabe) and his long-suffering companion, the AI vacuum cleaner QT (Satake), tour the Galaxy hoping to discover new Alien species: the reward ...

Snegov, Sergei

Pseudonym of Russian author Sergei Iosifovich Shtein (1910-1994), whose Posol bez Veritel'nyh Gramo (coll of linked stories 1977; trans Alex Miller as Ambassador Without Credentials 1989) describes the interstellar adventures of two sibling Scientists, Roy and Henry Vasilyev, as they confront problems couched in Thought Experiment frames, sometimes involving mysterious deaths that must be investigated, and solve them handily. The book-length title story, and most of the related shorter works, ...

Westerfeld, Scott

(1963-    ) US composer and author – married since 2001 to Justine Larbalestier – whose first sf novel, Polymorph (1997), a tale immersed in a heatedly entangled New York, features a Shapeshifter protagonist who seems to match the city, both protagonist and venue being rendered in ways that hint of his Urban Fantasies [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] to come, though Westerfeld focused first on sf. The young protagonist of Fine Prey (1998), ...

La Voie, Julia

(circa 1870-?   ) US author of the Lost World tale, A Tale Half Told (1904), which depicts a contemporary Utopia in Asia Minor. [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. 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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