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Fast, Jonathan

(1948-    ) US composer and author, son of Howard Fast, who wrote music before coming to sf with "Decay" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, April 1975. His first novel, The Secrets of Synchronicity (1977; vt Prisoner of the Planets 1980), is a complex Space Opera which, unusually for the form, is a Satire that treats an expanding capitalism as both inherently repressive of true freedom and consciously oppressive through the artificial maintenance of scarcity. ...

Burton, S H

(1919-2005) UK author – principally of school textbooks – and anthologist, of sf relevance for his compilation Science Fiction (anth 1967). This includes an introductory essay and a glossary, and is intended for high-school students. Selected stories range from Robert A Heinlein's "Requiem" (January 1940 Astounding) to John Brunner's "The Windows of Heaven" (May 1956 New Worlds as "Two by Two"; vt in No Future in It, coll 1962). / Burton also published under the name Sam ...

Smith, L Neil

(1946-2021) US author, ex-police reserve officer, gunsmith and former state candidate for the US Libertarian Party, who began publishing sf with "Grimm's Law" for Stellar 5 (anth 1980) edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey. He remains best known for the North American Confederacy sequence, set in a parallel universe (see Parallel Worlds) in which a libertarian version of America has become progressively decentralized ever since its foundation. The first segment of the overall series comprises five comedy ...

Archer

US animated tv series (2009-current). FX/Floyd County Productions. Creator and main writer: Adam Reed. Executive producers: Adam Reed and Matt Thompson. Directors: Bryan Fordney and Adam Reed. Voice cast includes H Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Adam Reed, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter and Lucky Yates. 110 episodes of approximately 22 minutes to date. Colour. / Archer is an Alternate History of sorts, described by its art director as taking place "in a vague, endless ...

Palmer, Philip

(1960-    ) UK author and scriptwriter, mostly for Radio beginning with "Gin and Rum" (30 June 2000 BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play). He began to publish his exuberant, slightly overloaded, gonzo Space Operas with Debatable Space (2008), whose double story focuses alternatively on the lengthy memoir of an Immortal woman behind the throne of her son, who had once ruled both Earth and then a Galactic Empire, and upon Captain Flanagan, the rock-star space-pirate who captures her ...

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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