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Blumlein, Michael

(1948-2019) US medical doctor who worked full-time at UCSF until recently, and author whose output in the latter capacity, though he published only four novels and four collections, had considerable impact on the field, beginning with his first published story, "Tissue Ablation and Variant Regeneration: A Case Report" for Interzone in Spring 1984. This tale remains one of the most astonishingly savage political assaults ever published. The target is Ronald Reagan, whose living body is ...

Flip Flappers

Japanese animated tv series (2016). Studio 3Hz. Directors include Kiyotaka Oshiyama. Writers include Yuniko Ayana and Naoki Hayashi. Voice cast includes Mao Ichimichi, Ai Kayano, Ayaka Ohashi, Minami Takahashi and Kenjirô Tsuda. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / In a Near Future Japan, reserved schoolgirl Cocona (Takahashi) meets the enthusiastic Papika (Ichimichi), a member of the agency FlipFlap; accompanied by the Robot Boo-Chan they visit the worlds of "Pure Illusion" to ...

Gilchrist, John

Pseudonym of UK author Jerome Gardner (1932-    ), author of five novels, each mildly Dystopian, for Robert Hale Limited: Birdbrain (1975), set in a Soviet-occupied Britain; Out North (1975), in which the prospect of travel to the Moon attracts would-be astronauts; Lifeline (1976), whose venue is a now Russia-dominated United States of Europe; The English Corridor (1976), in which the USSR invades western Europe; and The Engendering (1978). They are unambitious but ...

Allhusen, Beatrice May

(1853-1918) UK author who may now be best known for her long loyal friendship with Oscar Wilde; she is of direct sf interest for The Laws of Leflo (1911) as by "The Author of Miss Molly", an anarchist Utopia set in a kind of Lost World in Africa, where the precepts of its white founder lead to disaster. [JC]

Zimmerman, Howard

(?    -    ) US editor of Starlog magazine 1981-1982, and of two relevant collaborative Anthologies, The Bank Street Book of Science Fiction (anth 1989) and The Bank Street Book of Fantasy (1989), both with Barbara Brenner, Martin H Greenberg (anonymously) and Seymour Reit. The potentially useful annual overview The Year's Best Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga (2005), with Neil Gaiman and Byron Preiss, appears to have been a one-off. [DRL]

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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