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Zou, Henry

(?   -    ) Australian author solely associated to date with the Warhammer 40,000 Wargame universe, his first Tie being Voidsong (in Planetkill, anth 2008, ed Nick Kyme and Lindsey Priestley; 2011 ebook) in the Warhammer 40,000 main sequence, and further titles in the associated Bastion Wars sequence, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Emperor's Mercy (2009). [JC]

Horror in SF

The often propounded notion that sf is a literature of rational, scientifically based extrapolation is at best misleading and in many instances false. Much sf is anti-science, for reasons partly historic and perhaps partly intrinsic: the relationship of Fantastika as a whole to the eighteenth-century Enlightenment was uneasy from the very first. The famous remark of the Spanish painter Goya (1746-1828) that the Sleep of Reason breeds Monsters is inarguable in its most obvious meaning: when ...

Ray, René

Pseudonym of UK actor and author Irene Creese (1911-1993), in whose sf novel, The Strange World of Planet X (1957), romance and a Mad Scientist becomes mixed with the fourth Dimension. It was written to novelize her own television series, The Strange World of Planet X, although there are differences in plot, which differences are replicated in the 1958 film of the same name. Two of her other novels – Wraxton Marne (1946) and Angel Assignment (1988) – are fantasies. Her 1975 marriage ...

Roberts, Tansy Rayner

(1978-    ) Australian fan (see Fandom) and Fanzine writer, and author, winning Hugo awards in 2013 and 2015 for her fan accomplishments; her fiction is almost exclusively fantasy [not listed below]. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Musketeer Space (2017), a Space Opera specifically based on Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers (1844), featuring the traditional four musketeers in light-heartedly successful attempts to save the Solar System. [JC] see also: Ditmar Award. ...

Dixon, Roger

(1930-1983) UK accountant and author whose epic adventure about humankind's future fate, Noah II (1970; rev 1975), is based on a story idea by Dixon and his agent, Basil Bova, and began the aborted Quest series. A second novel, The Cain Factor (1975) as by Charles Lewis, mixes Sex and apocalypse as a man and a woman escape a Post-Holocaust Earth to become the Adam and Eve of a new planet. [JC] see also: Generation Starships; Spaceships. /

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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