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Known usually by its acronym, the Offtrail Magazine Publishers Association (1954-1978 or 1979) was an APA formed in the UK by Kenneth Bulmer and A Vincent Clarke, whose founder members included Chuck Harris. OMPA was modelled on FAPA, and was likewise created to facilitate distribution of Fanzines published by and for members. Early contributors included John Brunner and Michael Moorcock; others with entries in this encyclopedia who were members at one time or another include Mike Ashley, Greg ...

Roberts, Michèle

(1949-    ) UK poet and author, poetry editor of Spare Rib 1975-1977. Her novels all tend to Fabulation in their expression of an articulate Feminist aesthetic, but two are of genre interest: The Wild Girl (1984) vigorously displaces the reminiscences of Mary Magdalene into what Christians might deem an unattractive Alternate History in which she and Jesus have sex; and The Book of Mrs Noah (1987) similarly engages its heroine in myth-rich concourse with the female Icons who ...

Hammond, Clement Milton

(1859-1903) US newspaper editor and author, whose "Then and Now: Anarchy in the Year 2085" (1884-1885 Liberty) as by "Josephine D'Aujourdhui", a book-length Utopia never published in book form, argues for a temperate anarchism. In The Doctor's Mistake: Or What Myrta Saw: An Experiment with a Life (1888) with Charles Howard Montague, a complexly melodramatic plot – at least one Reincarnation seems to occur – boils down to an experiment in Identity Transfer which demonstrates the ...

Percy, Walker

(1916-1990) US doctor and author, whose first publications, beginning in 1954, were studies in language as a symbolic sign system (a line of thought that led him early into semiotics); his novels – the best known of which remains his first, The Moviegoer (1961) – reflect a searchingly liberal and Catholic reading of American life. Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World (1971), the first volume of the Dr Tom More series, is a long, ...

Rann, Sue

(1964-    ) UK author, cited as also writing as by Mercy Falconer; Looking for Mr Nobody (2003) is Near Future thriller set in Amsterdam, with a protagonist suffering from Amnesia while being at the same time hunted through mean streets and the coils of Virtual Reality. [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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