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Smith, Eve

(?   -    ) UK author in whose first novel, The Waiting Rooms (2020), is set in a Near Future Dystopian world where – after an antibiotic crisis twenty years earlier marked by a sudden increase of bacterial immunity to Drugs – those over seventy are enclosed in the eponymous coercive Keeps, as because of their untreatable contagiousness they are in themselves a kind of Pandemic. A Technothriller plot gives some hope that a previously baulked cure ...

Wentworth, K D

(1951-2012) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Daddy's Girls" in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume V (anth 1989) edited by A J Budrys; for several years before her death after a long illness that affected her writing career, Wentworth herself edited this Original Anthology series, beginning with L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XXV: The Year's Twelve Best Tales from the Writers of the Future International Writers' ...

Battlecruiser 3000 AD

Videogame (1996). 3000AD. Designed by Derek Smart. Platforms: DOS, Win. / The Battlecruiser franchise is famous both for the length of time it has spent in development and for the combative personality of its designer. The first version, Battlecruiser 3000 AD, was intended to be a universal Space Sim using three-dimensional graphics, in which players could roam through a simulated galaxy without restrictions. It was released after seven years of work to exceptionally poor reviews; the game ...

Reizin, P Z

(?   -    ) UK Television and print journalist and author whose first novel, the Near Future Happiness for Humans (2018), explores the increasingly invasive interface between Homo sapiens and AIs, whose access to their human "users" is shown as having grown exponentially, with dangerous consequences when (as here) the AI in question gains consciousness. This puts a spanner in the works. [JC]

Crumey, Andrew

(1961-    ) Scottish journalist, editor and author whose first novel, Music, in a Foreign Language (1994), which inaugurates the extremely loose Music series, is set in an abstractly conceived Near Future Dystopian Britain, where a series of recursively ludic events – some conducted through the means of imaginary books (Crumey's oeuvre being full of them) – decomposes the strictures of the mandatory society here imposed. The second volume in the sequence, Pfitz ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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