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Swigart, Rob

Working name of US author and academic Eugene Robison Swigart (1941-    ), whose novels, from Little America (1977) on, have been Fabulations composed in a flamboyantly brisk gonzo style through which, like Kurt Vonnegut, comprise a series of deadpan riffs on the extremities of America. Though not making up a series, his first four novels – Little America (1977), A.K.A.: A Cosmic Fable (1978), The Time Trip (1979) and The Book of Revelations (1981) – convey a ...

McCaffrey, Todd

Working name of Todd Johnson (1956-    ), US computer programmer and author, son of Anne McCaffrey, and brother of Gigi McCaffrey; best known for his collaborations with his mother on later volumes of the multi-generation Pern sequence. Earlier, as Johnson, he began publishing as a Sharecropper, with Combat Command #4: In the World of David Drake's Hammer's Slammers: Slammers Down! (1988), a Tie to the Combat Command Gamebook franchise and to David Drake's Hammer's Slammers ...

Caprica

US TV series (2009-2011). David Eick Productions for Syfy. Created by Ronald D Moore and Remi Aubuchon for Syfy. Producers include Moore, David Eick, and Jane Espenson. Writers include Moore, Aubuchon, Espenson, Michael Taylor and Michael Angeli. Directors include Moore, Michael Nankin, Wayne Rose, and Roxann Dawson. Cast includes Eric Stoltz as Daniel Graystone, Alessandra Torresani as Zoe Graystone, Esai Morales as Joseph Adama, Polly Walker as Clarice Willow, Paula Malcomson as Amanda ...

Gautier, Judith

Working name of French poet and author Louise Charlotte Ernestine Gautier (1845-1917), daughter of Théophile Gautier, and deeply influenced in her long-standing and intense use of Oriental venues and themes by Pierre Loti (1850-1923). Her stories cannot be thought of easily as sf, but the elaborate and engaging use of myth and traditional motif makes it possible to think of her as a significant figure in the evolution of French Fantastika as a whole. After Isoline (1882 chap), ...

Rinkoff, Barbara Jean

(1923-1975) US author of books for children, of which Elbert, the Mind Reader (1967) has, as its title indicates, some sf interest. [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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