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Shimmin, Graeme

(1967-    ) UK author whose first novel, A Kill in the Morning (2014), is a Hitler Wins tale set in an Alternate History 1955 Britain and Europe, the Jonbar Point being the death of Winston Churchill in 1941, after which World War Two ends in a draw. The story itself is a thriller whose James-Bond-like assassin protagonist is plunged into a Gestapo conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler and restart the war. A secret Weapon comes into play, and an attractive resistance fighter. ...

Danvers, Dennis

(1947-    ) US author who concentrated on fantasy and horror for the first part of his career, which began with Wilderness (1991), an effective werewolf novel; he began writing sf novels with the Circuit of Heaven sequence comprising Circuit of Heaven (1998) and End of Days (1999), set in a somewhat fantasticated, highly febrile Virtual Reality environment, dominated by an afterworld-like Bin which offers Immortality to the Uploads who have abandoned their flesh selves for ...

Quiet Earth, The

Film (1985). Cinepro/Pillsbury. Directed by Geoffrey Murphy. Written by Bill Baer, Bruno Lawrence, Sam Pillsbury, based on The Quiet Earth (1981) by Craig Harrison. Cast includes Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge and Peter Smith. 91 minutes. Colour. / This New Zealand film tells of a scientific/metaphysical Disaster, perhaps consequent upon a secret project in energy transmission, in which all people disappear from the Earth except those who coincidentally die at the moment of the disaster: ...

Edmondson, G C

Working name of Mexican-born US translator and author José Mario Garry Ordoñez Edmondson y Cotton (1922-1995) for all his writing except his Westerns, which are as by Kelly P Gast, J B Masterson and Jake Logan. He published his first sf, "Blessed are the Meek" with Astounding in 1955, and was active in the magazines for the next decade, particularly in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, where his Mad Friend stories appeared. Assembled as Stranger than You Think (coll of ...

Olander, Joseph D

(1939-    ) US academic and anthologist, all of whose work – amounting to at least forty titles – has been in collaboration with Martin Harry Greenberg (whom see for details), sometimes plus further collaborators. "Name" authors involved in team anthologies part-edited by Olander are Isaac Asimov, Damon Knight, Frederik Pohl and Robert Silverberg. [JC] see also: Critical and Historical Works About SF; Sociology. /

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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