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Marshall, Peyton

(1972-    ) US author active since the early 2000s, her short work being exclusively nonfantastic. Her first novel, Goodhouse (2014), though its plot adheres to the dominant Near Future Young Adult Dystopia model, is written with a fluent literary intensity that lifts it from some of the constraints implied by its literal obedience to genre conventions. The young protagonist has been raised as a ward of the state in a "Goodhouse", where he has been subject to Thought ...

Pynchon, Thomas

(1937-    ) US author, all of whose works are Fabulations in that most of them resemble sf under some interpretations (see also Fantastika), and Against the Day (2006) is undoubtedly sf. Though the Paranoia-wracked worlds his protagonists inhabit may defeat any secure reading of the malign figurations of reality, the narrative patterning of most of his work is Equipoisal. In his first novel, V (1963; rev 1963), various dovetailing quests for a character named V embody the ...

Turner, Vickery

Working name of UK actor, playwright, screenwriter and author Christine Hazel Turner (1945-2006), in whose courtroom drama The Testimony of Daniel Pagels (1991) a man proves his innocence by applying the theory of quantum mechanics (see Physics) to explain the Teleportation of the child whose presence at the scene of the crime seems to have demonstrated the accused's guilt. [JC]

Walsh, M O

(?   -    ) US author whose first book, The Prospect of Magic (coll of linked stories 2010), presents a sequence of life stories, some of them Tall Tales [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], that unpack the lives of a crew of colourful carnies who have decided to remain in Fluker, Louisiana, after The World Famous Ploofop Travelling Carnival, which had housed and employed them (see Keep), is stuck there when its owner dies. The frame, and ...

What a Cartoon!

US animated tv series (1995-1997; vt The What a Cartoon! Show; vt World Premiere Toons). Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Cartoon Network Studios. Created by Fred Seibert. 48 seven-minute shorts. Colour. / This Television Anthology Series was intended to emulate the mid-twentieth century's golden age of cartoon shorts – as exemplified by Warner Bros. Cartoons, Disney and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer – as well as to generate new programmes, with creators being given a freer hand than usual. This ...

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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