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Kowal, Mary Robinette

(1969-    ) US author and professional puppeteer, known for her series of Jane Austen-inflected fantasies beginning with Shades of Milk and Honey (2010); see Checklist below for full listing. She has also written short fiction, some of it sf. Her first published story of genre interest was "Just Right" for The First Line in 2005; early short fiction was collected in Scenting the Dark and Other Stories (coll 2009). Kowal received the John W Campbell Award for best new writer ...

Tidyman, Ernest

(1928-1984) US journalist, author and screenwriter, author of the Shaft series of books about a Black detective, and of scripts for the Shaft movies, The French Connection (1971) and the supernatural Western High Plains Drifter (1973), among others. His sf novel, Absolute Zero (1971), is a Near-Future thriller whose protagonist becomes involved in Cryonics in an attempt to preserve his accidentally frozen dwarf parents. [JC]

Francis, Marianne

(?   -    ) UK author of Egyptian Light (1950), a dynastic-fantasy-like tale set in Atlantis, featuring a princess in flight and her espousal to the Egyptian pharaoh who rescues her after shipwreck. Atlantis sinks. [JC]

Coen, Franklin

(1912-1990) US screenwriter, of greatest sf relevance for the script for This Island Earth (1955). He is the co-author of a film Tie, Meteor (1979) with Edmund H North, novelizing the feature film Meteor (1979). [JC]

Foley, Tim

(?   -    ) UK playwright whose second produced play, Astronauts of Hartlepool (performed 2017), is a gonzo Satire on Brexit Britain set in Hartlepool, which is visited by disbelieving astronauts from the Multiverse. In Electric Rosary (2020; performed 2022), a "Robot" – properly an Android – brought into a nunnery to do grunt work gradually acquires an uncanny-valley spirituality, emulating humans: but if an AI can "become" its makers, then its ...

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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