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Kalu, Peter

(1963-    ) UK translator, rock musician, playwright and author who began his active career with the Moss Side Write workshop for Black writers; the Ambrose Patterson series of Near Future police thrillers – comprising Lick Shot (1993), Professor X (1995) and Yard Dogs (2001) – is set in a noir Manchester. In Lick Shot, racism is being fomented by a white supremacist ...

Malec, Alexander

(1929-2014) US author, variously employed, who began publishing sf with "Project Inhumane" for The Colorado Quarterly in Spring 1964. Extrapolasis (coll 1967) assembles much of his sometimes awkward but frequently sharply pointed work, which was restricted to short stories, only one of which – "10.01 A. M." (March 1966 Analog), a Near Future tale about ...

Anderson, Ros

(?   -    ) UK dancer, journalist and author whose first novel, The Hierarchies (2020), is narrated by an AI named (which is to say Sylv Intelligence Embodied), whose sole function as a Sex doll physically indistinguishable from humans is to satisfy the ravenous needs of human males.'s growth in self-awareness leads her away from her human owner into a ...

Other Edens

UK original anthology series, consisting of Other Edens (anth 1987), Other Edens II (anth 1988) and Other Edens III (anth 1989), edited by Christopher Evans and Robert Holdstock. This was a curious series. The (ironic?) title is taken from the description of England in Shakespeare's Richard II, though the editors mistakenly say ...

Shannon, Lizzy

(?   -    ) UK-born actress and author, now a US citizen, of various works, among them some sf romances, in USA for many years; her titles include Tempest Raised (2001), a Planetary Romance set on a lush planet, and involving its heroine in Time Travel riffs; and Time Twist (2009), in which a twentieth-century woman is transported into a distant ...

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 consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf ...

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