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Bartholomew, Barbara

(1941-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Wheel of Fire" for Analog in June 1975, and whose Timeways Trilogy for young adult readers – The Time Keeper (1985), Child of Tomorrow (1985) and When Dreamers Cease to Dream (1985) – traverses familiar Time-Travel themes without undue stress. Other books for younger readers include The Cereal Box Adventures (1981), Flight into the Unknown (1982) and The Great Gradepoint Mystery (1983). ...

Horn, Dara

(1977-    ) US journalist and author whose first several novels comprise a set of nonfantastic explorations of the nature of Jewish life in Europe and America over the past century and a half; the explicit seriousness of this project is leavened in the event through pleasurable narrative ingenuities, and thriller-like plots. The intersecting stories making up her fourth novel, A Guide for the Perplexed (2014), are variously linked to the mediaeval Jewish philosopher Moses ...

Otto, Erik A

(?   -    ) US author of fantasy [not here listed] and sf, the latter including several novels. Detonation (2018) depicts two societies, both perhaps Dystopian, one from before and one after the titular event, a kind of imposition of technological Singularity on the part of an AI. In A Toxic Ambition (2020), planet Earth is controlled from protected Zones by the wealthy who have plundered the world. Proliferation (2021), a separate tale within the loose world ...

Megamind

Animated film (2010). Paramount Pictures/PDI Dreamworks. Directed by Tom McGrath. Written by Alan J Schoolcraft and Brent Simons. Cast includes Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt. 95 minutes. Colour. / What would happen if the bad guy actually won? In a parody of the Superman origin story, two Alien babies are dispatched to Earth when their respective planets are destroyed. One baby lands in a mansion and grows up to become a typical Superhero, Metro Man (Pitt). The other ...

Blakemore, Felix J

(1872-1948) UK author of The Coming Hour (1927), a dreadful-warning Near Future Dystopia set in an England run by socialists, who are voted out of office in 1946. This was not prescient of Felix J Blakemore. [JC]

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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