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Smaill, Anna

(1979-    ) New Zealand author whose first novel, The Chimes (2015), artfully conceals its distant Near Future setting in a London which may be viewed as a Dystopia, as it is oppressively guild-dominated and under something like a curse, which may be nothing more than the effects of twenty-first century global despoliation. At the same time, however, a detailed and subtle Equipoisal overlay allows a fantasy reading of the Amnesia-afflicted population, for which melodies and ...


German rock band, whose first release Auf Der Bahn Zum Uranus (1974) uses the "road from Earth to Uranus" as a loose organizing premise for a number of songs that celebrate a hippy cosmic oneness ("Tanz Mit Der Mond", "Mutter Erd"). The band's name is the German for Gaia, and the jazz-blues guitar-based improvisation tends towards the mystic-pantheist. A second album, Alraunes Alptraum (1975) contains only 20 minutes of original music, along similar lines. [AR]

Fretland, Don J

(?   -    ) US author of the Oleandre Trilogy series beginning with The Persimmion Sequence (1970), set in a Near Future Dystopian world where scientists have been driven Underground though – it may be – there is some hope that Mars clings to independence. [JC]

Rios, Julia

(?   -    ) US writer and editor much involved in various podcasts starting with Outer Alliance which she hosted from 2010 to 2015. As well as currently co-hosting The Skiffy and Fanty Show podcast she has acted as a narrator for this and other online magazines. Between 2012 and 2015 she was senior fiction editor at Strange Horizons; from 2014 the poetry and reprints editor for the equally highly-regarded Uncanny Magazine; and she is currently an editor at ...


(106-43 BCE) Marcus Tullius Cicero, celebrated Roman orator and author of many works. He is included here for his interplanetary fable Somnium Scipionis ["The Dream of Scipio"] which is part of his De re publica ["On the Republic"] (51 BCE). In this terse but suggestive text the historical figure Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus is taken by the spirit of his adoptive grandfather, the famous Scipio Africanus, up through the planetary spheres of a Ptolemaic solar system. Discussion between the ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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