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Pace, Sue

(?   -    ) US author of The Last Oasis (1993), a Young Adult tale set in a Near Future world that has suffered calamitous Climate Change after long decades of environmental destruction; the young protagonists flee their precarious Keep – a shopping mall in Portland, Oregon – in the direction of Idaho, where the old world may still exist. [JC]

Rushkoff, Douglas

(1961-    ) US media theorist, much influenced by the work of Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), and author of two novels of sf interest. Ecstasy Club (1997) is a Near Future thriller in which the Drug Ecstasy is used in an attempt to gain Transcendence in Cyberspace. / His second novel, also sf, has an unusual history. It was first published as Bull (2001), a narrative set in the Near Future but discovered and annotated by a twenty-third-century editor. This was subsequently ...

Kotzwinkle, William

(1938-    ) US author who began his career in 1969 as an author of books for Young Adults and younger children [see Checklist below], most of which – like The Ants Who Took away Time (1978 chap), in which the solar system must be searched for the ant-dismembered Watch which keeps Time together, and Walter the Farting Dog (2001) – are visibly accomplished. His genre-crossing Fabulations – some of them making use of sf material – created something of a ...

Morris, James

(?   -    ) UK author of The Escapist (2005), a Near Future thriller set in a Cyberpunk-tinted venue, which the street-wise hero has little real difficulty in negotiating as he tracks down a roge AI. [JC]

Blaue Palais, Das

["The Blue Palace"] German tv miniseries (1974; 1976). Produced by German Bavaria Atelier Studios in co-operation with French Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (ORTF). Created, written, and directed by Rainer Erler. Cast includes Peter Fricke, Dieter Laser, Evelyn Opela and Eva Renzi. Five 90-minute episodes, three broadcast in 1974 and two in 1976. Colour. / Named after the feudal mansion in Germany that provides its headquarters, the series' eponymous ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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