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StarShipSofa

UK-based weekly Audiozine run by Tony C Smith which began on 20 December 2007. It began with simple readings of stories, professionally recorded and downloadable, posted weekly, but the site has since expanded to include videos, downloadable anthologies and a host of other interactive media. Some of the stories are originals, but the majority are previously published material by major writers, Michael Moorcock being one of the most popular; others include Kage Baker, Elizabeth Bear, Michael ...

Corday, Michel

Pseudonym of French soldier and author Louis-Léonard Pollet (1870-1937), best known for his writings about World War One, his contemporary diaries expressing a scathingly pacifist view of the conflict. Of sf interest are two late novels, La Flamme éternelle (1931) and its sequel Ciel Rose (1933), assembled together as The Eternal Flame (omni trans Brian Stableford 2013), in which the Invention of a new Power Source is scrutinized with unusual sophistication in terms of its ...

McAllister, Don

(1934-    ) US author of Cloud World (1986), an sf novel set on an inhabited Jupiter and three of its moons. [JC]

Falls, Cyril

(1888-1971) Irish-born soldier, academic and author writing chiefly on military matters, in the UK from adolescence; he was in active service throughout World War One, became very well known as a war correspondent during World War Two. Of sf interest is his only novel, The Man for the Job: A Story for Commissars (1947), a Satire on Communism in which the Invention of a new Element known as "monobelium" causes a bureaucratic ruckus. Falls was made CBE (Companion of the British Empire) in 1967. ...

Alien Critic, The

US Fanzine edited from Portland, Oregon, by Richard E Geis. For its first three issues, The Alien Critic was an informal magazine written entirely by the editor and titled Richard E. Geis. With the title-change in 1973, the magazine's contents began to diversify, featuring regular columns by John Brunner and Ted White as well as a variety of articles and a series of interviews with sf authors and artists, although its characteristic flavour still derived from the editor's own outspoken reviews ...

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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