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Sarabande, William

Pseudonym of US author Joan Lesley Hamilton Cline (1942-    ), whose first novel, The Lion and the Cross (1979) under her own name, is an historical fantasy about St Patrick. She is of sf interest for the Prehistoric-SF First Americans series beginning with The First Americans: Beyond the Sea of Ice (1987) and ending with The First Americans #11: Spirit Moon (2000); the tales are set in a ...

Moeri, Louise

(1924-    ) US author mostly for children's and Young Adult markets, beginning with a fantasy for younger children, Star Mother's Youngest Child (1975 chap); of sf interest is Downwind (1984), a Near Future tale recounting the effects of a nuclear Disaster on a family attempting to escape fallout. [JC]

Dawn, Autumn

Pseudonym of US author Autumn Beaudreault (1974-    ), who has published nonfiction under her own name. The erotically interacting protagonists of the Spark romantic Space Opera sequence beginning with No Words Alone (2008) are translators for an interstellar corporation. Set on a Starship with a Mad Scientist in the wings, the Draconian sequence ...

Potter, Martin H

(1871-1955) UK author of The Sea Surrenders (1911), in which a successful attempt to harness the tides provides a new Power Sources, and Life – The Jade (1912), an sf novel partly set in the Near Future, and partly some decades hence, where the negative implications of progress in Medicine – including an Immortality ...

Maniac Mansion

Videogame (1987). Lucasfilm Games. Designed by Ron Gilbert, Gary Winnick. Platforms: AppleII, C64, DOS (1987); Amiga, AtariST, NES (1988). / Maniac Mansion is a graphical Adventure game which parodies 1950s sf B-movies in a not dissimilar manner to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It introduced several innovations to ...

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 consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf ...

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