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Allen, F M

Pseudonym of Irish author and publisher Edmund Downey (1856-1937), in London for much of his working life after 1878 until 1906. In a sense, his fiction was self-published, as he owned the firms that published it; but both Downey & Co. and Ward & Downey had reputable lists of authors beyond Downey himself. His short Disaster sequence, set in Ireland – The Voyage of the Ark, as Related by Dan Banim (1888), which retells the Biblical story of the Flood, and The Round Tower of Babel ...

Perry, Sarah

(1979-    ) UK author whose novels fit comfortably within the armature of Fantastika, while making some room for more straightforward sf readings (see Gothic SF). The protagonist of her first novel, After Me Comes the Flood (2014), who has become bewildered by a heat wave, exits London to find his brother in Norfolk, but goes astray into a mysterious woodland, where he finds himself entrapped in a house that seems to suffer Time Distortions, with people who seem to recognize ...


US tv series (2002-2004). Platinum Studios/Jeremiah Productions, Inc/Lions Gate Television for Showtime Network. Created by J Michael Straczynski and Sam Egan. Produced by George Horie. Directors included Michael Vejar, Neill Fearnley, and Martin Wood. Writers included Egan, Sara Barnes and Grant Rosenberg. Cast includes Luke Perry, Peter Stebbings and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. 35 45-minute episodes. Colour. / It is 2021, fifteen years after a Pandemic has killed off almost all of humanity save ...

Winner, J B B

Group pseudonym of Jeff Winner (?   -    ), Brittany Winner (?   -    ) and Brianna Winner (?   -    ), Brittany and Brianna being identical twins, whose father Jeff may have been the primary author of the Strand sequence beginning with The Strand Prophecy (2006), a Young Adult series in which a Superhero is genetically primed to warn Homo sapiens about the threat of dangerously speeded-up ...

Miller, Sam J

(1979-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Haunting Your House" in The Red Volume: An Anthology of Stories by the Awkward Robots (anth 2008 ebook) edited by The Awkward Robots, most of his early work being fantasy or horror, though his first novel, the Young Adult The Art of Starving (2017), Equipoisally offers hints as well of an sf explanation for the mysterious Superpowers acquired by the young protagonist, who has gone on a prolonged fast. ...

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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