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Yu, Charles

(1976-    ) US lawyer and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Third Class Superhero" and other stories assembled as Third Class Superhero (coll 2006), none of these tales having been previously published; several stories in his second collection, Sorry Please Thank You: Stories (coll 2012), appeared previously in journals, including the impressive "Standard Loneliness Package" (November 2010 Lightspeed), in which, through an advanced Computer-governed ...

Coleman, Loren L

(?1968-    ) US author, exclusively of Ties, first in the Battletech Role Playing Game world, then in the related world of BattleTech: MechWarrior: Dark Age; he has been highly praised by aficionados of these games for the quality of his novelizations. He has also written the Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures: Legends of Kern series Tied to the universe of Robert E Howard's Conan. There are also some individual titles. Loren L Coleman should not be confused with Loren ...

Nelson, Blake

(1965-    ) US author for Young Adults whose They Came from Below (2007) features Aliens in human guise who emerge from Under the Sea in a desperate last-ditch attempt to persuade Homo sapiens to preserve the oceans, which are dying of Pollution. [JC]

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Film (1984). Umbrella-Rosenblum/Virgin Cinema Films. Directed by Michael Radford. Written by Radford, Jonathan Gems, based on Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) by George Orwell. Cast includes Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Suzanna Hamilton and John Hurt. 110 minutes. Colour. / This second film version (see 1984 for the first) is better acted and more intelligent than its predecessor, but still stresses the romantic interest, substituting an orthodoxly liberal lovers-against-the-system sadness for ...

Updike, John

(1932-2009) US author whose carefully polished and opulent style led him more than once beyond the constraints of the mimetic, though he never abandoned his conviction that the narrative conventions of realism necessitously sufficed to describe the world, and he was in this sense a paradigmatic Mainstream Writer of SF; his aversion to genres in literature was conspicuous, as shown in a remarkably obtuse review (20 March 1995 The New Yorker) of John Le Carré's Our Game (1995). / All ...

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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