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Orb Speculative Fiction

Australian low-paying Semiprozine published by Orb Publications, South Preston, Victoria and edited by Sarah Endacott; eight issues to date, Spring/Summer 1999 to #8, 2010; began with issue #0 but had a combined issue #3/#4, 2002. Issue #8 is a huge (420 page) "best of" retrospective of the previous seven issues. Orb is amongst the elite of Australian magazines, originally published annually, but with only two issues since 2004, it is published in a distinctive review format, often substantial, ...

Cox, Luther

(1925-1977) US engineer, salesman and author whose sf novel is The Earth Is Mine (1968), in which a familiar Shaggy God Story version of the Origin of Man is outlined: we are the Post-Holocaust descendants of long-ago settlers from another planet. Exploration of this theory leads to UFO contact and a visit to the other world. [DRL/JC]

Nader, Ralph

(1934-    ) US lawyer and political activist whose campaigns have targeted various issues, with an increasing emphasis on Ecology and Climate Change; he has run for President of the United States four times. Of specific sf interest is "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!" (2009), an Alternate History tale in which seventeen "super-rich" individuals, starting around 2005, begin the transformation of America into a Utopia. The story combines spoof and serious Thought Experiment. ...

Abrashkin, Raymond

(1911-1960) US film director, screenwriter, and author. His best-known film was The Little Fugitive (1953). For his collaborative work on the Danny Dunn series of sf juveniles (see Children's SF), see his co-author Jay Williams. [JC]

Michaels, Melisa C

(1946-2019) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "In the Country of the Blind, No One Can See" for Asimov's in January 1979, but concentrated mostly on longer fiction. She remains best known for her Skyrider sequence of sf adventures – Skirmish (1985), First Battle (1985), Last War (1986), Pirate Prince (1987) and Floater Factor (1987) – depicting the growth into maturity of its eponymous female Starship-pilot protagonist. The tales are at times congested, ...

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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