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Posthuman

In sf, this term for the successors of present-day humanity does not normally refer to products of "natural" Evolution – like, perhaps, H G Wells's influential vision of evolved future man with bulging brain and partly atrophied body in "The Man of the Year Million" (6 November 1893 Pall Mall Budget) – but to the results of our own or others' intervention via Technology (including techniques of Biology), Genetic Engineering, Nanotechnology, and so on. / In terms of bodily ...

Broom Lynne, James

(1916-1995) UK painter, designer, illustrator, teacher and author, sometimes using the original hyphenated form of his surname, Broom-Lynne; he also wrote as by James Quartermain. Almost all his fiction is nonfantastic, with the exception of Drag Hunt (1969), set in a Satirized Dystopian Near Future where violence is encouraged as a social pacifier, and – as in other sf extrapolations of Games and Sports – fox-hunting has been replaced by hunts for scapegoated humans. [For Wild Hunt ...

Fleming, A M

(1858-1948) US author known mainly for his sf-like Munchausen tale, Captain Kiddle: A Fantastic Romance (1889), in which the captain recounts to an interviewer his trip to the Arctic, where he and his crew are imprisoned by Lost Race of giants (see Great and Small), but escape and – after experiences with the Fountain of Youth and a very large serpent – discover an ancient City at the North Pole and fly back to civilization on a tame giant bird. His further novels are pure tall-tale ...

Lindsey, Johanna

(1952-2019) German-born US author of romance novels, mostly with historical settings, which regularly appeared on the New York Times bestseller list; the first was Captive Bride (1977) [not listed below]. Lindsey is of sf interest for the Ly-San-Ter trilogy opening with Warrior's Woman (1990), whose tough yet virginal female protagonist goes on an interstellar quest (with a wisecracking AI sidekick) to free her world's women from Slavery, only to meet her match in a Planetary Romance setting ...

Ahmed, Samira

(?   -     ) Indian-born author in US from childhood, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Brains Don't Smell" in Entropy Mag for 2016. She is of sf interest for her second novel, the Young-Adult Interment (2019), set in an American very Near Future difficult to distinguish from the tale's year of publication. Young men and women identified as ethnically unsound through surveys are imprisoned in interment camps, their fate not easily to be ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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