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Wehrstein, Karen

(1961-    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "O.R.3" in Shivers: Canadian Tales of the Supernatural (anth 1990) edited by Greg Ioannou and Lynne Missen. She has contributed three titles to Fifth Millenium, a Shared World fantasy sequence devised and controlled by S M Stirling (for titles see Checklist). [JC]

Chapman, Edgar L

(1936-2019) US academic and sf critic, with the English Department at Bradley University (Peoria, Illinois) 1963-2002, then professor emeritus at Bradley until his death. His solo works include studies of Philip José Farmer and Robert Silverberg: The Magic Labyrinth of Philip José Farmer (1984 chap) and The Road to Castle Mount: The Science Fiction of Robert Silverberg (1999). With Carl B Yoke he edited the Alternate History essay collection Classic and Iconoclastic Alternate ...

Puni Puni Poemy

Japanese original video animation series (2001); original title Puni Puni ☆ Poemii. J.C.Staff. Directed by Shinichi Watanabe. Written by Yōsuke Kuroda. Voice cast includes Yuka Imai, Ryu Itou and Yumiko Kobayashi. Two 30-minute episodes. Colour. / After her parents and Robot dog are crucified by an Alien with odd genitals, schoolgirl Poemi Watanabe (Kobayashi) moves in with her friend Futaba Aasu (Imai) and her six sisters, known as the Defenders of Earth. The city is then ...

Maughan, Tim

(?   -    ) Scottish journalist and author now resident in Canada, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Havana Augmented" in Ergosphere (anth 2010) edited by Rick Novy; Paintwork (coll 2011), assembles three post-Cyberpunk stories dominated by Maughan's exceedingly alert sense of twenty-first developments in online Technology (see Internet) and the Media Landscape in general. He then wrote a short film, the Near Future In the Robot Skies (2016) ...

McCullough, Kelly

(1967-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "WebMage" for Weird Tales in Fall 1999, a tale which was expanded into Webmage (2006), the first of the Equipoisal WebMage sequence which continues with Cybermancy (2007), CodeSpell (2008) and MythOS (2009). The sequence – set in a kind of Parallel World where the Gods have replaced an overwhelmed Web of Fate with Computer programme capable of accessing magic – combines Cyberpunk and some of ...

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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