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Kunzru, Hari

(1969-    ) UK journalist and author, active from around 1995. In Transmission (2003), his first novel of sf interest, a programmer for a firm involved in biomedical research is laid off, and in revenge releases a Computer virus whose dissemination causes chaos as Communications systems collapse worldwide (see also Information Theory). Gods Without Men (2011) Equipoisally generates a sense of the god Coyote as both Shapeshifter and manipulator of Dimensions, possibly ...

Waldrop, Howard

(1946-    ) US author, an important member of the Texas-based school of sf writers, much of whose early work was set in the American South. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Lunchbox" for Analog in May 1972, reportedly John W Campbell Jr's last (and perhaps least typical) discovery before he died with the tale still in manuscript. His first novel, The Texas-Israeli War: 1999 (1974) with Jake Saunders, is set in a balkanized Post-Holocaust America after World ...

Hale, Katie

(?   -    ) UK poet and author, whose first books were poetry collections beginning with Breaking the Surface (coll 2017 chap). She is of sf interest for her first novel, My Name Is Monster (2019), set in a Near Future England devastated by Climate Change and Pandemic illnesses. The two first-person protagonists describe themselves as Monsters: one because of a profound sociopathic estrangement which protects her from the new world; the other because he is ...

Obukhova, Lydia

(1924-1991) Russian author who began publishing work of interest as early as 1945, and whose books gained some popularity in her native land. Lilit (1966; trans Mirra Ginsburg as Daughter of Night: A Tale of Three Worlds 1974) tells the story of Adam's first wife, Lilith (see Adam and Eve), who meets an Alien assessing Earth for colonization. He falls in love with her, presents her with the gift of fire, and saves the planet from his own people. [JC]

Sagi, Eli

(1939-    ) Polish-born author and playwright, born Eli Perlstein, changing his name after emigration to Israel at an early age. He is predominantly known for his Television and Theatre work, creating the Arab-Hebrew sitcom Ha'misada Ha'gdola ["The Big Restaurant"] in 1985, which was widely successful both in Israel and across the Middle East; and for his 1970 stage play Imi Ha'generalit ["My Mother, The General"], considered the most commercially successful play in 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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