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Lyons, Joseph

(1847-1917) UK inventor, caterer (founder of Lyons Corner Houses), and author of The Master Crime (1907) with Cecil Raleigh, a Near Future tale involving an anarchist destabilization of Britain, causing the Bank of England to close its doors. Lyons was knighted in 1911. [JC]

Mind Game

Japanese animated film (2004). Based on the Manga by Robin Nishi. Studio 4°C. Directed and written by Masaaki Yuasa. Voice cast includes Takashi Fujii, Koji Imada, Sayaka Maeda and Seiko Takuma. 103 minutes. Colour. / After an opening fast-cut montage, set to ominous music, of events surrounding the life of 20 year old aspiring manga artist Nishi (Imada), we see him running into his old school crush, Myon (Maeda). Then their relationship had gone nowhere because of his indecisiveness; ...

Myerson, Julie

(1960-    ) UK journalist and author whose earlier novels edged at points towards a supernatural ambience, though they remained essentially within the envelope of the mundane; however, hints of message-bearing intrusions from beyond figure conspicuously in The Stopped Heart (2016). Of sf interest is Then (2011), set in a devastated Near Future London, frozen (a likely outcome of Climate Change in the UK), partially abandoned; wandering through this landscape, the protagonist ...

Gobsch, Hanns

(1883-1957) German author of some prominence during the Weimar Period; his Future War novel, Wahn-Europa 1934: Eine Vision (1931; trans Ian Fitzherbert Despard Morrow as Death Rattle 1932), depicts from a pacifist leftwing standpoint a Europe descending deliriously into Near Future chaos after France and Italy invade each other; with Russian armies soon invading Poland, a version of World War Two begins almost immediately. The novel was widely translated. [JC]

Simmons, Kristen

(?   -    ) US mental health therapist and author for the Young Adult market; her Article 5 sequence, comprising Article 5 (2012), Breaking Point (2013) and Three (2014), is set in a Dystopian Near Future America so devastated by unspecified Disasters that it has become a Ruined Earth, with the privileged confined in Keeps and the outlaws hunted in the wilderness beyond. A rigid Christian fundamentalism (see Religion; Women in SF) governs all behaviour. The ...

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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