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Palmer, Thomas

(1955-    ) US author whose first novel, The Transfer (1983), verges on the Technothriller, and whose second, Dream Science (1990), made some stir for its quiet (but ultimately ruthless) intelligence. The protagonist of the book is one of those capable of perceiving lines running across the physical environment that, when passed over, take one into what seem to be Parallel Worlds, but may in fact be aspects of one world seen at different points on a single cosmological ...

Groves, Jay

(1922-2010) US teacher of history and economics, and author whose short sf novel – featuring the landing of a flying saucer (see UFOs) – is Fireball at the Lake: A Story of Encounter with Another World (1967). [JC]

Watson, J C

(?   -    ) South African author of Shadow Over the Rand: A South African Novel (1955), an sf novel set in the very Near Future in Johannesburg as a Pandemic caused by a strange "virus tuberculosis" comes close to destroying first the city (where the death toll nears 50%) then the country. But a research doctor develops a vaccine (see Medicine). The plague had begun in an unsanitary Black slum; Blacks are described throughout with affectionate condescension as ...

Whates, Ian

(1959-    ) UK anthologist, publisher and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Flesh and Metal" as by I G Whates in Dream Magazine for March 1987; much of his best short fiction has been assembled as The Gift of Joy (coll 2009) and Growing Pains (coll 2013). The City of a Hundred Rows sequence, beginning with City of Dreams & Nightmare (2010), is Urban Fantasy set in a City so intricately tiered into a mountain that it could be thought of as an ...

Project A-ko

Japanese animated film (1986). A.P.P.P., Soeishinsha. Directed by Katsuhiko Nishijima. Written by Katsuhiko Nishijima, Tomoko Kawasaki, Yuji Moriyama. Voice cast includes Shūichi Ikeda, Miki Itō, Emi Shinohara and Michie Tomizawa. 84 minutes. Colour. / Sixteen year-old A-ko Magami (Itō) and best friend C-ko Kotobuki (Tomizawa) attend school in Graviton City; which, after an apparent meteor strike sixteen years ago, has been rebuilt to become the "hi-tech capitol of the ...

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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