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Higgins, David M

(?   -    ) US sf critic with a combined PhD in English and American Studies from Indiana University. His research focuses on imperialist imaginings in twentieth century literature and culture (see Imperialism), and he is the Science Fiction Literature division head for the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. His works include "Anti-Leninists in Space" (May 2011 Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts vol 22 #2), "Toward a Cosmopolitan ...

Maurice, Michael

Pseudonym of UK clergyman, teacher and author Conrad Arthur Skinner (1889-1975), whose sf novel Not in Our Stars (1923) can be forgiven its confused science – giant meteorites are supposed to cause perturbations in spacetime, Time Distortions sufficient to reverse its flow for the protagonist – because of the odd intensity of the tale. Awakening in a death cell after a meteor strike, he is executed and then begins to relive his life (each day passing normally, but with him awakening ...

Solar Opposites

US animated online tv series (2020). 20th Century Fox. Created by Mike McMahan and Justin Roiland. Executive producers: Josh Bycel, Mike McMahan and Justin Roiland. Directed by Kim Arndt, Lucas Gray, Bob Suarez and Andy Thom. Writers include Mike McMahan and Justin Roiland. Voice cast includes Sean Giambrone, Mary Mack, Sagan McMahan, Thomas Middleditch and Justin Roiland. Eight 24-minute episodes. Colour. / "Planet Shlorp was the perfect Utopia until the Asteroid hit. 100 adults and their ...

McDevitt, Jack

Working name of US author John Charles McDevitt (1935-    ), who began publishing sf with "The Emerson Effect" for Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine in December 1981, coming to prominence with "Cryptic" (April 1983 Asimov's), a tale whose theme – First Contact between humans and the Alien races who are sending messages across space – was elaborated in his first novel, The Hercules Text (1986), which won a Locus Award. Despite the occasional descent into ...

Douglas, L Warren

(1943-    ) Pseudonym of US teacher, woodcarver and author Douglas W Lugthart, who began to publish sf with A Plague of Change (1992). This was followed in the Plague of Change sequence by Cannon's Orb (1994); the protagonist of the sequence – who is something of an anthropologist (like Warren himself) as well as a Computer expert – is hired by Aliens to examine the causes for the decline of a colony planet, though Space Opera concerns soon externalize his study ...

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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