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Sullivan, Tim

(1948-    ) US actor, editor and author who began publishing sf with stories like "Tachyon Rag" for Unearth in Spring 1977 as Timothy Robert Sullivan, "My Father's Head" for Chrysalis 5 (anth 1979) edited by Roy Torgeson and "The Rauncher Goes to Tinker Town" for New Dimensions 9 (anth 1979) edited by Robert Silverberg, tales whose sophistication led to some disappointment when his first-published novels turned out to be three Ties to the "V" (1983-1985) Television series, a ...

Burning Zone, The

US tv series (1996-1997). Sandstar Productions/Universal Television for the UPN TV network. Created by Coleman Luck. Produced by Stuart Cohen, Edward Ledding, and Harker Wade. Directors included Scott Brazil, Michael Miller, Stephen L Posey. Writers included Carlton Eastlake, James G Hirsch and Kimberly A Shiner. Cast includes James Black, Michael Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Bradford Tatum and Tamlyn Tomita. 19 55-minute episodes. Colour. / A small ultra-secret team of Scientists led by Dr ...

Mertz, Joshua

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Cat Got Your Tongue" for Aboriginal in Winter 1997, and whose first novel, Machine Dreams (2000) – not to be confused with the nonfantastic Machine Dreams (1984) by Jayne Anne Phillips (1952-    ) – a Near Future tale set in megalopolitan San Frangeles and featuring a conflicted hero with Amnesia who somehow conceals within his fractured (or unfinished) mind ...

Zhang Ran

(1981-    ) Chinese author and former award-winning online news journalist (until 2011) whose rise to fame was coterminous with the push of Chinese authors into Anglophone publishing. For earlier work, as by Zhuxie Duowen, see below. His first work under the Zhang name, the novella "Yitai" ["Ether"] (September 2012 Kehuan Shijie; trans Carmen Yiling Yan and Ken Liu, January 2015 Clarkesworld), won a Yinhe Award. It is set in a balkanized United States, where the creep of ...

Ings, Simon

(1965-    ) UK author who began publishing sf with "Blessed Fields" in Other Edens III (anth 1989) edited by Christopher Evans and Robert P Holdstock; and who has become moderately prolific as an author of short stories. His first novel, Hot Head (1992), heatedly and congestedly, and with moments of Cyberpunk-ish brilliance, presents the life-story and adventures – in Virtual Reality and other realms – of a lesbian Muslim wanderer in the early twenty-first ...

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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