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Sternbergh, Adam

(?   -    ) Canadian-born editor and author, in USA for several years; based in New York, the setting of his first novel, Shovel Ready (2014), a slightly retro Cyberpunk noir thriller set in a Dystopian Near Future. Terrorist attacks and Climate Change have partially depopulated the great City. The protagonist, a professional assassin, hired to kill a young woman, baulks. An addictive Virtual Reality threatens. A sequel may be expected. The tale, which ...

Anderson, Poul

(1926-2001) US author born in Pennsylvania of Scandinavian parents; he lived in Denmark briefly before the outbreak of World War Two. In 1948 he gained a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota. His knowledge of Scandinavian languages and literature and his scientific literacy fed each other fruitfully through a long and successful career, during which he gained for overall achievement the SFWA Grand Master Award in 1978; he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2000. ...

Williams, Paul

(1948-2013) US editor and author who began publishing sf nonprofessionally as a teenager, bringing out four issues of a fanzine, Within (1962-1963), and speaking to Boston library school students on sf as literature for young adults. In 1966 he founded Crawdaddy!, the first US rock magazine (see Music), which he edited through 1968, and then 1993-2003. The first issue (January 1966) was typed on David G Hartwell's typewriter and printed on Ted White's mimeograph machine; later issues included ...

Edric, Robert

Pseudonym of UK author Gary Edric Armitage (1956-    ), who began his career as G E Armitage with a nonfantastic novel, A Season of Peace (1985), continuing for two decades during which at least fifteen more novels, all but one as Robert Edric, were released – all of them nonfantastic, though The Broken Lands (1992), about the fatal arctic expedition headed by Sir John Franklin (1786-1847), pushes to the edge of Fantastika in its depiction of the survival of some crew ...

Video Girl Ai

Japanese Anime OVA series (1992); original title Denei Shoujo Ai. I.G. Tatsunoko. Based on the Manga by Masakazu Katsura. Directed by Mizuho Nishikubo. Written by Satoru Akahori, Mayori Sekijima and Kuniaki Yamashita. Voice cast includes Yuri Amano, Megumi Hayashibara, Takeshi Kusao, Kenichi Ogata, Hirotaka Suzuoki and Koji Tsujitani. Six 29-minute episodes. Colour. / Teenager Yota Moteuchi's (Kusao) love for Moemi Hayakawa (Amano) is unrequited, as is her love for his best friend Takashi ...

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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