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Williams, Francis T Perry

(?   -    ) US actor (active during the 1980s) and author whose sf novel, Pollen and the Ring of Harmony (2008; rev 2009), describes the arrival on Earth of an Alien who attempts to change the minds of Homo sapiens and cure them of the delusion that Climate Change is not destroying their habitat. An Asteroid is also due to impact the planet. Tragically his ring, which brings only good, is stolen by the American government. The plot revolves around attempts to ...

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The

Japanese animated tv series (2006-2009); original title Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu. Based on the Light Novel by Nagaru Tanigawa. Kyoto Animation. Directed by Tatsuya Ishihara. Writers include Noizi Ito and Nagaru Tanigawa. Voice cast includes Minori Chihara, Yūko Gotō, Aya Hirano, Daisuke Ono and Tomokazu Sugita. 28 24-minute episodes. Colour. / On her first day at High School, Haruhi Suzumiya (Hirano) announces to her new classmates "I am not interested in ordinary humans: if ...

Hall, Norman

(1904-?   ) Author whose single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited was Green Hailstones (1978). [DRL]

Brown, Timothy

(1961-    ) US author whose first novel Polaris (2014) is a Near Future tale set in Death Valley (see California), an extreme environment which instantly evokes a sense that Climate Change may have deepened sufficiently to have created Ruined Earth conditions, and that the elderly protagonist of the tale, alone with a Robot servant and a talking car, may be a Last Man figure. / Brown should not be confused with Timothy B Brown, game designer and author of Mystara ...

Baker, Frank

(1908-1983) UK actor, Television scriptwriter and author whose work is generally and correctly thought of in terms of fantasy and horror, though his second novel, The Birds (1936; rev 1964; rev 2013), is very clearly Equipoisal between Scientific Romance and Supernatural Fiction [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In the very Near Future – the book's dustwrapper describes the main events as beginning, very soon after publication, in August 1936 – huge swarms of ...

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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