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Clift, Bethany

(?   -    ) UK filmmaker, screenwriter and author whose first novel, Last One at the Party (2021), is set in a Near Future world where the Covid-19 Pandemic has been succeeded by a second, far more devastating plague known as 6DM: six days being the maximum time a sufferer can survive. The protagonist, who may be the only human being left (see Last Man), attempts to shape her prospective existence through vividly-narrated memories of her life in a time and ...

Joad, C E M

(1891-1953) UK philosopher, broadcaster and author, a senior civil servant during World War One, and thus exempt from service. His public loucheness and transgressive atheism, as well as a sustained advocacy of free love, are conspicuously manifested in Priscilla and Charybdis and Other Stories (coll 1924), the title story of which features the seduction of a young matron by a hairy flâneur who claims to be the Reincarnation of Pan (see Sex). His last work of fiction, The Adventures of ...

King, Reed

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -    ) whose only publication under this name, FKA USA (2019), is a gonzo distant Near Future tale set in a balkanized America and describing a road-trip from what was once Missouri, but is now Crunch, United Colonies, to California. In 2085, all the Climate-Change and Ecological disasters currently promulgated have indeed occurred: rising seas, intolerable temperatures, the loss of half of California to the ...

Pflug, Ursula

(1958-    ) Tunisian born author, raised in Canada, who began to publish work of interest with "Memory Lapse at The Waterfront" (in New Bodies: A Collection of Science Fiction, anth 1981, ed anon), which was assembled, with other speculative fictions, as After the Fires (coll 2008). Her novel, Green Music (2001), Equipoisally combines Afterlife fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and Utopia in its depiction of an anti-Toronto called Marina, housed in ...

Rolfe, Frederick

(1860-1913) UK author and eccentric, known as much for claiming the name Baron Corvo as for his writing. The nine Reviews of Unwritten Books (February-June 1903 The Monthly Review; plus one added piece December 1904 Gentleman's Magazine; coll 1985-1988 4vols each chap) with Sholto Douglas are an early articulation of the concept of Alternate History, if only in a nonfiction format (one of the reviews, for instance, being of "Machiavelli's Despatches from the South African Campaign"). Hubert's ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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