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Nelson, Camilla

(1967-    ) Australian author of Perverse Acts (1998), a Near Future story set in a Dystopian Australia beset by violent conflict between the right and the centre (see Politics). [JC]

McAuley, Paul J

(1955-    ) UK biologist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Wagon, Passing" for Asimov's in June 1984; his best shorter work has been assembled as The King of the Hill and Other Stories (coll 1991), The Invisible Country (coll 1996), Little Machines (coll 2005) and the comprehensive A Very British History: The Best Science Fiction of Paul McAuley (coll 2013), ranging with a sharp but loyal eye through various ways of telling sf, more frequently than ...

Konstantinou, Lee

(1978-    ) US author whose an sf novel, Pop Apocalypse (2009) is set in a Near Future world on the brink of the eponymous collapse of civilization. In occupied Northern California, an Doppelganger begins to haunt the protagonist – an Elvis Presley impersonator – who is forced complicatedly to discover a conspiracy involving Virtual Reality designed to make sure that World War Three, which is looming, will be fully sponsored. Konstantinou's spoof exaggerations of ...

Wiggins, Todd

(1962-    ) US-born author, in UK in the 1990s, married during the 1990s (dates unknown) to Tricia Sullivan. His sf novel, Zeitgeist (1996), follows several lifestyle extremists in a Near Future chase through America as the Millennium threatens to disrupt reality. The Satire, and likewise the Sex, is violent. [JC]

Chess

Many sf stories make use of this ancient Board Game of stylized War, which emerged in recognizable form in India and China by approximately the sixth century and spread westward, reaching Europe by the eleventh century. Its numerous appearances in Fantasy include Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-glass (1871), whose introduction of living chess pieces has been enormously influential, and which is structured around an eccentric chess game whose moves are usefully traced in The Annotated Alice ...

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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