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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Decima Vittima, La

Film (1965; vt The Tenth Victim). Champion/Concordia. Directed by Elio Petri. Written by Petri, Ennio Flaiano, Tonino Guerra, Giorgio Salvione, based on "Seventh Victim" (April 1953 Galaxy) by Robert Sheckley. Cast includes Ursula Andress, Elsa Martinelli, Marcello Mastroianni and Massimo Serato. 92 minutes. Colour. / This French-Italian coproduction is based loosely on Sheckley's story about a future world where, ...

Thiaudière, Edmond

(1837-1930) French philosopher and author, active from before 1860, most of his work being nonfiction. His sf includes La Dernière Bataille: épopée prophétique de l'année 1909 ["The Last Battle: Prophetic Epic of the Year 1909"] (1873 chap) as by Frederic Stampf, a Future War tale climaxing in the creation of a unified socialist Europe; and the three speculations about experimental ...

Ewald, Carl

(1856-1908) Danish author best known for his fairy tales, assembled in various volumes between 1883 and 1907; his Two-Legs series of tales – contained in Two-Legs and Other Stories (coll: trans Alexander Teixeira de Mattos from various sources 1906), The Pond and Other Stories (coll: trans Alexander Teixeira de Mattos from various sources 1909) and The Four Seasons (coll: trans Alexander Teixeira de Mattos from various sources 1913) – ...

Fisher, Nancy

(?   -    ) US author of medical thrillers featuring drugs and techniques marginally in advance of what was available at the point of publication; Vital Parts (1993), for instance, concerns an Immortality Drug; Special Treatment (1996) is about a fitness-enhancement regime beyond the current professional sports medicine; Code Red (1998) and Code Blue ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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