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Shiner, Lewis

(1950-    ) US musician and author who began publishing sf with "Tinker's Damn" for Galileo #5 in October 1977, and who wrote a substantial number of tales before beginning to assemble them in Nine Hard Questions about the Nature of the Universe (coll 1990), The Edges of Things (coll 1991) and Love in Vain (coll 2001). His Collected Stories (coll 2010) conveniently assembles more than half of his short work, which is various, tending at its best to a clear-edged intensity ...

Ayrton, Elisabeth

(1910-1991) UK author, best known for books on cooking; married first to Nigel Balchin (1933-1951), then to Michael Ayrton (from 1952 until his death in 1975). Her sf novel, Day Eight (1978), portrays a Near-Future world in Ecological extremis, to which Gaia responds through a sudden acceleration in the Evolution of species in the heart of Africa, but excluding Homo sapiens. [JC]

Woolf, Alex

(1964-    ) UK author, much of whose work has comprised popular nonfiction about a wide range of historical and contemporary issue; most of his fiction has appeared in series, invariably for children or Young Adult readers. Some are of direct sf interest. The Chronosphere sequence beginning with The Iron Sky sequence beginning with Time Out of Time (2012) revolves around the complications attending use of the eponymous central device, a Keep designed to allow its residents, ...

Invasion [film]

Film (1966). Merton Park, American International Pictures. Directed by Alan Bridges. Written by Roger Marshall, based on an original story by Robert Holmes. Cast includes Lyndon Brook, Valerie Gearon, Edward Judd and Yōko Tani. 82 minutes. Black and white. / This interesting UK film tells of two humanoid Aliens of East Asian appearance whose Spaceship crash-lands on Earth outside a country hospital. It turns out that one is a prisoner of the other. Further alien "Lystrians", members of ...

Astounding Award

The current name of the former John W Campbell Award for best new writer. There is a two-year eligibility period: an author first published in 2020 would be eligible for the 2021 or 2022 award but not thereafter. Though closely associated with the Hugo awards and voted for on the same ballot, the Astounding Award is not actually a Hugo. / This best new writer award was last presented under the old name during the Hugo ceremony at the 2019 Worldcon, with the name change announced shortly ...

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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