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Delrio, Martin

Joint pseudonym of writing team Debra Doyle and James D Macdonald – or possibly a House Name, though used almost exclusively by these authors for several Ties, beginning with Mortal Kombat (1995 chap), and more recently a MechWarrior: Dark Age sequence beginning with MechWarrior: Dark Age: A Silence in the Heavens (2003). All Delrio titles are listed below; all, at one point or another, have been credited to the main writing team. [JC]

Doyle, Richard

(1948-2017) UK author whose Near Future Disaster tale, Deluge (1976), drowns London in time-honoured fashion, as does Flood (2002). One may be a version of the other; it has not yet been possible to compare texts. [JC]

Thomson, Amy

(1958-    ) US author whose first novel, Virtual Girl (1993), cunningly updates the Icon of the female Robot, long a locus for uneasy speculation among older sf writers (see Feminism). Maggie, the protagonist of this Near-Future tale, is an AI and consequently illegal, as independent artificial intelligences have been outlawed. More humanely, less sharply, but with a happier outcome than the robot Bildungsromanen for which John Sladek became best-known, Virtual Girl carries ...

Kloos, Marko

(1971-    ) German author, in US from early adulthood, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Ink and Blood" in Beneath Ceaseless Skies for July 2011. He is best known for the Frontlines sequence of Military SF tales beginning with Terms of Enlistment (2013 ebook), set in a Near Future Earth and Mars threatened by Alien Invasion; successive volumes tend to introduce improved Spaceships and enhanced Weaponry. The rather more complex Palladium Wars sequence ...


Japanese animated tv series (2001-2002); original title Herushingu. Based on the Manga by Kouta Hirano. Gonzo. Directed by Umanosuke Iida. Written by Chiaki J. Konaka. Voice cast includes Jouji Nakata, Nachi Nozawa, Fumiko Orikasa, Yoshiko Sakakibara and Takumi Yamazaki. 13 23 minute episodes. Colour. / There have always been Vampires, but contemporary Britain is plagued by a new kind. Battling them are the Royal Order of Religious Knights aka The Hellsing Organization, led by Sir Integra ...

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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