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Kitschies

Jury-selected genre Awards presented annually from 2010, not specifically for sf but for "the year's most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic". The name reflects that of the Pornokitsch "geek culture" blog run by Anne C Perry and Jared Shurin, who launched the Kitschies; the "tentacle" names for categories are a nod to the initial award sponsor The Kraken Rum. These categories are Red Tentacle for best novel; Golden (added 2011) ...

Benford, Gregory

(1941-    ) US astrophysicist and author; in 1971 he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of California, Irvine, rising to Professor of Plasma Physics and Astrophysics in 1979, a position he held until 2006, when he formally resigned in order to participate in a new bio-tech corporation dedicated to unplumbing the genetic governors of ageing in humans. His first involvement in sf was with Fandom: he edited a notable Fanzine, Void, with various ...

Rays

One of sf's trademark Clichés is the use of rays – of any colour or none at all, inhabiting the known electromagnetic spectrum or imaginary new spectra, or entirely based on Pseudoscience – for all manner of showy and/or narratively convenient effects. Exotic rays give ambiguous aid in Medicine or spawn Mutants, but above all they provide glamorous Weapons. (For surveillance applications, see Spy-Rays.) / The Heat Ray used by H G Wells's Martians in The War of the Worlds ...

Piziks, Steven

(1967-    ) US author, who also writes as by Steven Harper, and who began publishing work of genre interest with "Hoard" in Sword and Sorcerers IX (anth 1992) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. He is noted in particular for two series: the In the Company of Mind sequence comprising In the Company of Mind (1998) and Corporate Mentality (1999), whose young protagonist, in a universe dominated by Nanoware, discovers within his own augmented body a governing AI, with whom he must ...

Mason, Lisa

(1953-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Arachne" for Omni in December 1987, a tale she expanded into her first novel, Arachne (1990; rev 2017), a tightly composed narrative set in and out of Cyberspace after an earthquake Disaster has devastated San Francisco; the narrative includes knowledgeable scenes set in the heart of a complex corporate world, with a tough female lawyer as protagonist who suffers a fall from grace, a maimed AI personality as trickster and ...

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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