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Kang Youwei

(1858-1927) Chinese author, poet and would-be reformer, influential on Utopian writings of the early twentieth century, although his own work on the subject was published only posthumously. Well-read in international history, Kang published accounts of the political reforms of Russia's Peter the Great and Japan's Meiji Emperor, regarding them both as fine examples for China to imitate. As a young man, he directly petitioned the Guangxu Emperor (1871-1908), encouraging the Emperor's ill-fated ...

Omni Online

US website originally an extension of Omni magazine but which continued in its own right once Omni ceased its print publication with the Winter 1995 issue. Omni had first set up an internet presence via Compuserve in September 1986 allowing subscribers access to a condensed version of the print magazine, an interactive "discussion" feature and the Omni Data Library. This facility was dubbed "Omni On-line" even at that stage. The experiment was repeated, via AOL, in October 1993 under ...

Foster, C E

(1919-2009) American engineer and author in whose sf novel, Journey to the Future (1966), human beings must define themselves in terms of the ambivalently Utopian world of the future. [JC]

Bade, William L

(1928-2005) US academic, physicist (he did work for NASA) and author, who began publishing Hard SF stories with "Advent" for Astounding in January 1948, beginning a short series ending with "The Eight Hundredth Hundred-Day" (Fall 1953 Fantastic Worlds). He wrote three other stories, none remarkable. [JC]

Noah

Film (2014). Paramount Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Protozoa Pictures. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel. Cast includes Douglas Booth, Leo McHugh Carroll, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Nolan Gross, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Leman, Mark Margolis, Nick Nolte and Ray Winstone. 138 minutes. Colour. / It would be overreaching to claim that Noah is an sf epic manqué about the Invention of a superior boat which survives the Disaster of a worldwide ...

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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