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MacBride, Stuart B

(?   -    ) Scottish author, mostly of thrillers from 2005 as Stuart MacBride, and of an sf thriller, Halfhead (2009), set in a moderately distant Near Future Glasgow a decade after violent social upheavals, caused by excesses of Virtual Reality, have killed millions; in the Dystopian aftermath of this, criminals (see Crime and Punishment) are lobotomized, mutilated, transformed into workers. A plot involving a mutilated but still functional serial killer then ...

Stone, Steve

(1964-    ) UK artist working in digital media, having studied art at Nottingham University in the 1980s; he has occasionally been credited as Steven Stone. His prolific output of sf and fantasy cover artwork began with the 1997 UK reissue of Eric L Harry's Society of the Mind: A Cyberthriller (1996), followed by several 1998 Orbit paperback reprints of Patrick Tilley's Amtrak Wars sequence; 1999 saw his first fantasy cover, for The Druid of Shannara (1999) by Terry Brooks, ...

Fallen London

Videogame (2009; vt Echo Bazaar). Failbetter Games. Designed by Alexis Kennedy. Web. / Fallen London is an internet browser-based game set in a decaying alternative London (see also Ruins and Futurity), which also contains elements of Science and Sorcery, or perhaps more accurately Steampunk and Sorcery. The game was developed with a design tool called StoryNexus, for which Fallen London was both the prototype and initial reason for development. StoryNexus is available for anyone to use, ...

Karr, Julia

(?   -    ) US author in whose Young Adult Near Future XVI sequence beginning with XVI (2011) the world becomes fully Dystopian when young women reach the age of sixteen and are branded with the eponymous tattoo (the echo of worlds properly addressed in Holocaust Fiction seems inadvertent), registering them as sexually available (see Feminism; Women in SF). The protagonist simultaneously enters into what becomes a romantic triangle and The Resistance. Truth ...

Asselineau, Charles

(1820-1874) French editor and author, perhaps best known for his association with Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), with whom he edited Les Poëtes français ["The French Poets"] (anth 1861-1863 4vols). He was influenced by the arguments of Emanuel Swedenborg to the effect that dreams had visionary substance, which Asselineau took as potentially authenticating dreams as giving glimpses into other times and places (see J W Dunne). "La seconde vie" (unknown magazine 1847) and "L'Enfer du ...

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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