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Hoover, Kenneth Mark

(1959-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Joke Hell" for Fantastic Stories of the Imagination in 2000, and whose sf novel, Fevreblau (2005), re-investigates the familiar sf tale in which the women of Earth are unjustly accused of a sin against the race: in this case, most of them have died of an otherwise undescribed Pandemic and are imprisoned as breeders (see Feminism). The Marwood sequence comprising Haxan (2014) and Quaternity (2015), which ...

Langmead, Oliver

(?   -    ) Scottish author whose work exploits the metaphorical intensities available through a ready access to the SF Megatext, though his works inhabit the water margins of sf as such (see Fantastika). Dark Star (2015), his first book, is a long narrative poem set on an isolated planet, with a Sun that emits no light, befitting the noir language of the telling, and the decidedly non-verismo 1920s urban "hell" – or Pocket Universe – down whose ...

Stargate: Atlantis

Canadian-American tv series (2004-2009). Created by Robert C Cooper and Brad Wright for The Sci Fi Channel. Producers include Cooper, Wright, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie, and N John Smith. Directors include Martin Wood, Andy Mikita, William Waring, and Peter DeLuise. Writers include Cooper, Wright, Mallozzi, Mullie, Martin Gero, Carl Binder, and Alan McCullough. Cast includes Joe Flanigan as Major/Lt Colonel John Sheppard, David Hewlett as Dr Rodney McKay, Rachel Luttrell as Teyla Emmagan, ...

Wells, Jess

(1955-    ) US author whose fiction has generally been nonfantastic; she began to publish work of genre interest with "The Succubus" in Embracing the Dark (anth 1991) edited by Eric Garber. Her sf novel, AfterShocks (1992), is set in Near Future San Francisco (see California), where the effects of a devastating earthquake (see Disaster) are played out against the ultimately resolved turmoils between two same-sex lovers (see Feminism; Women in SF). Wells should not be ...

Taylor, A G

(?   -    ) New-Zealand born teacher and author raised in UK, now in Australia. His Young Adult Superhumans sequence beginning with Meteorite Strike (2010) follows the adventures of its young protagonists who develop Superpowers in response to a deadly new virus centred in the Australian outback. Having aroused the attention of an international conspiracy to run the world known as HIDRA, they develop their powers for the sake of humanity, eventually defeating ...

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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