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Nagata, Linda

(1960-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Spectral Expectations" for Analog in April 1987, and who rapidly established a reputation for swiftly told, shapely, Internet-savvy Hard SF tales set in worlds drenched in Nanotechnologies, much of this work being assembled as Goddesses and Other Stories (coll 2012), "Goddesses" (5 July 2000 Sci Fiction) having won a Nebula award; some of this work has also been incorporated into the loose Nanotech ...

Man with the Power, The

Made-for-tv film (1977). Universal Television for NBC-TV. Produced by Allan Baltar and Rod Holcombe. Directed by Nicholas Sgarro. Written by Baltar. Cast includes Persis Khambatta, Bob Neil and Tim O'Connor. 93 minutes. Colour. / US government agent Walter Bloom (O'Connor) recruits Eric Smith (Neil) to help foil an assassination plot against the visiting Indian princess Siri (Khambatta). Smith's father, it is revealed, was actually an Alien from an unidentified planet, making Smith a hybrid ...

Sladek, John T

(1937-2000) US author who spent two decades in the UK from 1966, becoming involved in the UK New-Wave movement centred on Michael Moorcock's New Worlds, and co-editing with Pamela Zoline Ronald Reagan: The Magazine of Poetry (two issues 1968), where work by both editors, J G Ballard, Thomas M Disch and others appeared. In the mid-1980s he returned to Minneapolis, a town which had long supplied local colour to many of his more severely satirical stories, whose protagonists ricochet through their ...

Hughes, Riley

(1914-1981) US author of a Ruined Earth tale, The Hills Were Liars (1955), an avowedly Catholic tale in which eight believers, many decades after the terminal wars begin in the 1960s, attempt to work out a way for the human species to survive under God. [JC]

Petyo, Robert

(?   -    ) US author of The Institute (1978), an authoritarian Dystopia not perhaps very cogently described. [JC]

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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