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Levy, Roger

(1955-    ) UK dentist and author whose Reckless Sleep sequence, comprising Reckless Sleep (2000) and Dark Heavens (2003), depicts a deeply depressed far Near Future UK Dystopia in a state of imminent collapse whose population escapes all this, plus a succession of natural Disasters, via Virtual Reality constructs that are themselves, it seems, poisonous; in the second volume, the picture darkens through the dubious promise on the part of the untrustworthy authorities of a ...


Film (1972). Ivory-Merchant Productions in association with Angelika Films, US. Directed by James Ivory. Produced by Ismail Merchant. Written by George Swift Trow and Michael O'Donohue from an idea by Ivory. Cast includes Susan Blakely, Thayer David, Anne Francine, Salome Jens, Asha Puthli, Lewis J Stadlen (credited as Lewis Stadlen), Russ Thacker and Ultra Violet. 106 minutes. Black and white/sepia-toned/colour. / A primitive tribe of "Mud People" led by the Hostess (Francine) and the ...

Lovelace, Ada

The name by which UK mathematician and Computer theorist Augusta Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) is normally and conveniently known; daughter of Lord Byron. Lovelace was raised by her mother from infancy, gaining from Anne Noel (1792-1860) a precocious interest and intensive education in Mathematics, accompanied by a growing competence in other languages, as revealed in the recent discovery [see Checklist below] of her yet-unpublished translation of Friedrich Schiller's Der ...

Jensen, Kris

(1953-2014) US author who began publishing sf with her first novel FreeMaster (1990). This opens the Ardel trilogy – whose further volumes are Mentor (1991) and Healer (1993) – in which an unscrupulous interstellar corporation is baulked from exploiting a mineral-rich planet inhabited by Aliens with Psi Powers. Of greatest interest are the detailed descriptions of the strange Biology of the Ardellans, which help give the sequence its pleasing Planetary-Romance flavour. [JC]

Smith, Horace

Working name of UK stockbroker, playwright, parodist, poet and author Horatio Smith (1779-1849), whose novels of contemporary manners began to appear in 1800. "On a Stupendous Leg of Granite ..." (25 January 1818 The Examiner), a poem written in friendly competition with Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ozymandias" (11 January 1818 The Examiner) (see Ruins and Futurity), was collected in Amarynthus the Nympholept: A Pastoral Drama, in Three Acts: With Other Poems (coll 1821); the title drama of this ...

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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