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McCoy, John

(1857-1924) US medical doctor and author of A Prophetic Romance: Mars to Earth (1896) as by The Lord Commissioner, set in a distant Near Future North America, about a century hence, which has evolved into a socialist Utopia with restrictions on executive salaries and a female president (see Women in SF). A visitor from Mars, the Lord Commissioner whose reports back home make up the body of the tale, travels by Spaceship to Earth where he remains after falling in love with an Earth woman. ...

Ammaniti, Niccolò

(1966-    ) Italian author, most of whose work has no fantastic content. Anna (2015; trans Jonathan Hunt 2017) is set in a Near Future world devastated by a Pandemic which kills anyone who has reached sexual maturity (ie the age of fourteen), and any child who lives long enough to reach that point during the course of the tale. The young protagonist attempts to survive in the savage society of her peers in Sicily, most of whom go dementedly astray in their search for ...

Emms, William

(1930-1993) UK teacher and occasional television scriptwriter responsible (among other work) for "Galaxy Four", a four-part Doctor Who television story in 1965 which does not take place in Galaxy Four. The original script was published as Doctor Who: The Scripts: Galaxy Four (1994), and novelized by Emms as Doctor Who: Galaxy Four (1985); the plot, featuring downed Spaceships and at least two Alien species, is as close to conventional Space Opera as Doctor Who normally gets. [JC]

Numan, Gary

(1958-    ) UK pop composer and performer. Numan achieved a shortlived but notable commercial success with a series of futuristic songs performed to the accompaniment of electronic synthesizers, very much under the influence of Kraftwerk. Although the youthful angst of this music does sometimes veer into self-melodramatic nonsense, at its best these plangent soaring synth-melodies their pulsing, mechanic beats, and the mournful, slightly nasal vocals of Numan himself, create ...

Hoornaert, Edward

(1981-    ) Belgian author, now in the USA, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Devil, Devil" for On Spec in 2000; and whose sf novel, The Trial of Tompa Lee (2005), is, unusually for Military SF, a courtroom drama, set on an Alien planet. The spunky young protagonist manages to defend herself in the end against unjust charges. [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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