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Miller, Miranda

(1950-    ) UK author whose early work, like Under the Rainbow (1978), was published as by Miranda Hyman. Her sf Dystopia, Smiles and the Millennium (1987) as Miller, depicts a fiercely uncongenial Near-Future UK where class differences have hardened, the poor are downtrodden, and the Isle of Man has seceded; on the other hand, the protagonist of Nina in Utopia (2010), after Time Travel from nineteenth-century to twenty-first century London, discovers that the clean, ...

John, Elton

(1947-    ) UK singer-songwriter, prolific and enduringly popular. A characteristic John composition is a short, poppy love song, but he has recorded a small number of sf tracks, including: "Bad Side of the Moon" (on 11-17-70, 1971) about a remorseful convict in a Prison situated on the lunar dark side; "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time)" (on Honky Château, 1972), a plaintive version of Ray Bradbury's short story "Rocket Man" and one of John's best ...

Wheeler, L A

(?   -    ) US author whose The Kingdom of Kanawha: An Allegory for America (1992) describes the consequence of a Near Future Invasion of America; most of the action takes place in West Virginia, which is nearly overrun by fleeing city-dwellers. A resolute resistance is mounted. [JC]

Puccetti, Roland

(1924-1995) US philosopher and author, long professionally involved in mind-body problems. He published several essays on the split-brain controversy, perhaps most accessibly in "Sperry on Consciousness: A Critical Appreciation" for The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy in 1977. Both of his novels deal, in their way, with the question. In The Death of the Führer (1972) Hitler's brain is transplanted into the body of a voluptuous woman, and "his" identity discovered, in (as it were) ...

Adorno, Juan Nepomuceno

(1807-circa 1880) Mexican engineer, inventor and philosopher. He combined his fields of knowledge to write a short story – included in a long nonfiction work as described below – in which he reflected on the influence of Enlightenment philosophy, Utopian socialism, mainly from the writings of Charles Fourier and, to a lesser extent, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, and Romanticism. Adorno lived in Europe for two periods of his life, 1848-1859 and 1873-1875, in both cases in a Mexican ...

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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