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Barlow, Jane

(1856-1917) Irish author, often under pseudonyms, including Antares Skorpios (technically a House Name, as her father, James William Barlow, later used that name for an sf novel) and Felix Ryark. A Strange Land (1908) as by Felix Ryark is a Lost Race tale whose protagonist, penetrating a mysterious mist in a tiny boat, comes across the land in question, which is not described in much detail. [JC]

Crilley, Paul

(1975-    ) Scottish author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Echo of Silence" in New Voices in Science Fiction (anth 2003) edited by Mike Resnick, and who has since focused on Young Adult series. The Invisible Order sequence, comprising The Invisible Order, Book One: Rise of the Darklings (2010) and The Invisible Order: The Fire King (2011) is fantasy, set in nineteenth and eighteenth century London, the two eras connected by Timeslips, where a secret ...

George, S C

(1898-1985) UK soldier and author, whose books were sometimes signed as by Flight-Lieut or Group Capt S C George; of sf interest is The Blue Ray (1938), in which a Mad Scientist's Invention of the titular weapon turns humans into obedient, deadly slaves. [JC]

My Hero Academia

Japanese animated tv series (2016-current). Original title Boku no Hero Academia. Based on the Manga by Kōhei Horikoshi. Studio Bones. Directors include Kenji Nagasaki. Written by Kōhei Horikoshi and Yôsuke Kuroda. Voice cast includes Go Inoue, Kenta Miyake, Nobuhiko Okamoto and Daiki Yamashita. 99 24-minute episodes to date (plus three OVAs). Colour. / My Hero Academia is set in a world much like our own, save that for several decades 80% of children have been born with ...

Scholes, Ken

(1968-    ) US author, primarily of fantasy with apocalyptic and sf elements; self-identified as Trailer Boy, a reference to his upbringing in a small US logging town. His first genre story sale was "The Taking Night" in Talebones for Winter 2000; he has written over 50 short stories since collected in three volumes by Fairwood Press [see Checklist below]. He is a winner of the Writers of the Future Contest, the French Prix Imaginales, the Endeavour Award and others; he ...

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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