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Barrington, Michael

Collaborative pseudonym of Michael Moorcock and Barrington J Bayley on one story, "Peace on Earth" (December 1959 New Worlds). [JC] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Brinkley, William

(1917-1993) US author, best known for Don't Go Near the Water (1956), book and film; in his only sf tale, The Last Ship (1988), is set in a Post-Holocaust world in which, seemingly, only one naval destroyer survives, though a Russian submarine is soon discovered, and then an Island, where the beleaguered (but modestly concupiscent) Captain must arrange for the men and women under his command to propagate the race again. [JC]

Tremblay, Paul

(1971-    ) US author mostly of horror and fantasy who began to publish work of genre interest with "The King Bee" (in The Dead Inn, anth 2001, edited by Shane Ryan Staley), which was assembled in In the Mean Time (coll 2010), some of the stories being sf (see Horror in SF; Fantastika). His PI Mark Genevich sequence, featuring a private eye with narcolepsy, is nonfantastic. Of sf interest is City Pier: Above and Below (coll of linked stories 2007 chap), each tale set in the ...

Violet Evergarden

Japanese animated tv series (2018). Kyoto Animation. Based on the Light Novel by Kana Akatsuki (author) and Akiko Takas (illustrator). Directed by Taichi Ishidate. Written by Reiko Yoshida. Voice cast includes Yui Ishikawa, Hidenobu Kiuchi, Takehito Koyasu, Daisuke Namikawa. Thirteen broadcast 24-minute episodes, plus one OVA. Colour. / Violet Evergarden (Ishikawa) was a teenaged soldier in a recently concluded War in which she lost her arms; they were replaced with adamant silver ...

Friedberg, Gertrude

(1908-1989) US author who also taught. Her career as a playwright began early, with Three Cornered Moon (1933), which was later filmed, but she began publishing sf only in April 1963, with "The Short and Happy Death of George Frumkin" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Her fine sf novel The Revolving Boy (1966) strikingly tells the story of a child sensitive from his unique birth in free fall to signals, possibly intelligent in origin, from beyond the solar system. He reveals his ...

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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