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Roberts, John Maddox

(1947-    ) US author, prolific in the later 1980s, who has also written nonfantastic novels as by Mark Ramsay. His first sf novel, The Strayed Sheep of Charun (1977; rev vt Cestus Dei 1983), is an action-packed romance set on a medievalized planet in which Jesuits and others attempt to reform the violence which is the planet's (and novel's) raison d'être. There followed a variety of work, all adventure fiction – whose style is perhaps best described as brisk ...

Pujol, René

(1887-1942) French journalist, screenwriter, director and author, a prolific author of adventure tales, some of these engaging in planet-smasher pyrotechnics, like La Planète Invisible ["The Invisible Planet"] (1931), in which a visiting planet threatens Disaster to the Solar System or Au Temps des Brumes ["The Time of the Mist"] (1932), where Earth is choked in a light-devouring cloud. The two novels translated by Brian Stableford in The Chimerical Quest (omni 2016) are similar: in Le ...

Francis, Matthew

(1956-    ) UK poet, editor and author whose sf novel, Whom (1989), is set in an America secretly governed by a vast Computer and ravaged by fundamentalist anxieties (see Religion); the tale itself includes Timeslip episodes, plus some mild-mannered Satire, and intimations of that Holocaust and rapture will soon prove themselves to be the same ending, differently described. One of Francis's volumes of poetry, Mandeville (coll of linked poems 2008 chap), retells the travels ...

Chipman, W P

(1854-1937) US author of stories for Boys' Papers; his sf tale of some routine interest is An Aerial Runaway: The Balloon Adventures of Rod & Tod in North & South America (1901) with C P Chipman, who was his son. [JC]

Kon Satoshi

(1963-2010) Japanese Manga artist and Anime director whose brief career produced several landmark works questioning human Perception of reality (see also Metaphysics). Kon became an art assistant to Katsuhiro Ōtomo while still a student at Musashino Arts University, and was acclaimed for his early manga work Toriko ["Captive"] (1984 Young Magazine). He collaborated closely with Ōtomo after the latter's success with Akira (1988), working on the clutter and kipple of set backgrounds in ...

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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