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Arai Motoko

(1960-    ) Japanese sf and crime author, mainly in the Young Adult market, whose breathless, chatty style was an early harbinger of the Light Novels that dominate modern juvenile publishing in Japan. Aged seventeen, Arai first found fame in a magazine competition judged by the three most prominent sf authors in Japan, when her submission Atashi no Naka no ... ["Inside Me ..."] (February 1978 Kisō Tengai; 1978) was rejected by both Yasutaka Tsutsui and Sakyō ...

Pullar, A L

(?   -?   ) Australian author whose Celestalia: A Fantasy, 1975 A D (1933) describes a series of volcanic Disasters that destroys Japan, causing its population to flee to China, and many displaced Chinese to flee south to Australia, which is taken over (see Imperialism; Yellow Peril). A white government of sort survives in Tasmania. In the West, racial conflicts (see Race in SF) shape further destructive wars. [JC]

Heymann, Robert

(1879-1946) German playwright, screenwriter, film director and author of a loose series of sf novellas, Wunder der Zukunft: Romane aus dem dritten Jahrtausend ["Wonders of the Future: Novels from the Third Millennium"]. In the second of these, Der rote Komet (1909; trans Bradley Hall as The Red Comet 2013 chap), the famous astronomer Romulus Futurus ("Futurus" being an honorific) has invented (see Inventions) a camera capable of penetrating fog and other obstacles to the truth, and through it ...


Probably the pseudonym of US author Terry Woodrow (?   -    ), who has also edited Lesbian Bedtime Stories (anth 1991), though her sf novel It's Time: A Nuclear Novel (1985) has also been ascribed to "Jana Bluejay". The book describes an agrarian feminist Utopia whose existence is constantly under threat from a surrounding oppressive state. [JC]

Earl, Robert

(?   -    ) UK author of several Ties set in the Warhammer universe (see Warhammer 40,000), beginning with Warhammer: The Burning Shore (2004), and including Warhammer: Wild Kingdoms (2004) and its sequel. [JC]

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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