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Rossetto, Louis Jr

(1949-    ) US author of Take-over: A Speculative and Otherwise Utterly Fictional Account of How Richard Milhous Nixon Will Usurp the Power of his Office, Take Over the Country, and Commit Other Heinous and Nasty Acts (1974), a very Near Future Satire that was clearly overtaken by events. [JC]

Foote, Bud

(1930-2005) Scholar, political activist and music enthusiast; Professor Emeritus at the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Literature, Communication and Culture from 1957-1999 and co-ordinator of one of the first university-level sf courses in America. He is the author of The Connecticut Yankee in the Twentieth Century: Travel to the Past in Science Fiction (1991), which argues that Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889) established the archetype for science ...

Def-Con 4

Film (1985). Salter Street International Films/New World Pictures. Produced by Michael Donovan, Paul Donovan, and Maura O'Connell. Directed by Paul Donovan and Tony Randel (uncredited). Written by Paul Donovan. Cast includes Maury Chaykin, Tim Choate, Kevin King, Kate Lynch, John Walsch and Lenore Zann. 88 minutes. Colour. / Set in the Near Future, this film features a Space Station armed with nuclear missiles, controlled by the North American Aerospace Command and crewed by astronauts Howe ...

Merril, Judith

(1923-1997) US-born anthologist, critic and author, in Canada from 1968. Born Josephine Juliet Grossman, she preferred the forename Judith, and became Judith Zissman by her first marriage; she began to use the surname Merril before later marrying Frederik Pohl (1949-1953), and took Judith Merril as her legal name on becoming a Canadian citizen in 1973. She occasionally used the pseudonym Rose Sharon. Merril was associated with the Futurians fan group during and after World War Two. Her first ...

Beckett, Bernard

(1967-    ) New Zealand teacher, economist and author for Young Adult readers in whose sf novel, Genesis (2006), is set in a highly ambivalent Utopia called the Republic, founded by a businessman named Plato after World War Three in the Islands of Aotearoa, the name now given to New Zealand. The allegorical implications of the tale, though explicit (the protagonist's name is Anaxaminder, and references and icons from the time of the original Plato proliferate), do not ...

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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