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Joshi, Ruchir

(1960-    ) Indian journalist and author whose first novel, The Last Jet-Engine Laugh (2001), is set in Near Future Calcutta, around 2020/2030, but whose narrative shuttlecocks through various eras as the protagonist reflects upon his and his country's almost unendurably complex history from 1970 to the moment he sits down to reflect, sometime after cities like Bombay and Karachi have been destroyed by nuclear bombs as the troubles continue. His memories/reconstruction of ...

Sargent, Lyman Tower

(1940-    ) US academic, bibliographer and author, in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St Louis, Professor Emeritus since 2005; he founded and edited until 2004 the journal Utopian Studies. Since his own first essay of interest, "Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary Science Fiction" for The Futurist in 1972, his sf work has been exclusively focused on the study of Utopias and Dystopias, the most important result of which has been British and ...

Faucette, John M

(1943-2003) US author whose sf novels, including Crown of Infinity (1968) and The Age of Ruin (1968), are routine works, the first a Space Opera, the second a post-Disaster odyssey. The Peacemakers series – in which Alien invaders are fought to a negotiated truce in a Future War involving nuclear weapons and Vietnam like guerrilla conflict – comprises The Warriors of Terra (1970) and Siege of Earth (1971). [JC]

Sapphire and Steel

UK tv series (1979-1982). An ATV Network Production. Written/created by P J Hammond (except "Adventure Five" by Don Houghton and Anthony Read); executive producer David Reid; produced by Shaun O'Riordan. Directed by O'Riordan and David Foster. Cast includes Joanna Lumley (Sapphire), David McCallum (Steel) and David Collings (Silver). Four seasons, 34 25-minute episodes in all; broken into "Adventure One" (six episodes 1979), "Adventure Two" (eight episodes 1979), "Adventure Three" (six episodes ...


Newcomers to sf are occasionally dismayed by its jargon. Certain concepts have become so useful in sf (and also in talking about it) that they tend to be referred to – especially by Genre-SF writers – in a kind of shorthand and without explanation. Many receive entries in this volume, sometimes brief (see Credits; FTL), sometimes detailed (see Androids; Clones; Robots). Traditionally this encyclopedia has regarded the briefer entries, mainly devoted to definition, as "terminology" ...

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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