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Fiedler, Leslie A

(1917-2003) US critic whose piercing and mythopoeic views on the relationship between US culture and literature were first expressed in "Come Back to the Raft Ag'in, Huck Honey" (June 1948 Partisan Review; assembled in An End to Innocence: Essays on Culture and Politics, coll 1955), where he argued that the inexpressive but obvious homoerotic (often interracial) doublings embodied in so many American novels exposed a profound tendency to escapism and denial in the American psyche: it has not ...

St John, D W

(1956-    ) US editor and author whose sf novel, Sisters of Glass (1999), set in Near Future Los Angeles (see California), explores Genetic Engineering through a thriller plot. The protagonist of the tale, a Telepath ex-cop, is tasked to track down a genetically engineered woman who is essentially owned, because of the patented processes that have generated her, by a secret corporation known as Genesistem. He goes on the run with her through a Paranoia-inducing world: the ...

Benn, Mitch

(1970-    ) UK singer-songwriter, comedian and author, active in both Radio and Television, increasingly well known since 1999 or so for his Satire, which is normally not bad-tempered. He has released his own music on several albums, beginning with The Unnecessary Mitch Benn (1998). Of sf interest is the Terra sequence, beginning with Terra (2013), a spoofish Space Opera conspicuously (and openly) influenced by the UK tradition of spoofery initiated by Douglas Adams. The ...

City Limits

Film (1984). Sho Films/Videoform/Island Alive. Directed by Aaron Lipstadt. Written by Don Opper, from a story by Lipstadt and James Reigle. Cast includes Kim Cattrall, Rae Dawn Chong, Darrell Larson and John Stockwell. 85 minutes. Colour. / Disappointing exploitation movie from the writer and director of the first-rate Android (1982). Fifteen years after the USA has been almost wiped out by a Pandemic, two biker gangs in the sort of trendy Post-Holocaust fashions associated with the Mad Max ...

Gibbons, Stella

(1902-1989) UK journalist and author whose best-known novel, Cold Comfort Farm (1932), is set in a moderately explicit Near Future, sometime after the 1946 Anglo-Nicaraguan War, when videophones and private airplanes are common. The story itself, a savagely comic Parody of epiphany-choked rural novels as written by D H Lawrence (1885-1930) and in particular Mary Webb (1881-1927) with Precious Bane (1924), uses the sf frame primarily as a distancing device. In the more broadly humorous prequel, ...

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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