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Hoffmann, Curtis H

(1956-    ) US author of Project: Millennium (1987), a tale told within a Space Opera frame, as it is set on a distant world (Muspell's Planet) run by Computers for the benefit of a jaded populace; but which focuses on another planet which the Muspell AIs have populated with battalions of Heroes out of Earth's past, both mythic and historical, and have set them against each other to entertain their own humans (see Games and Sports). The tale focuses on the Conceptual ...

Schoch, Tim

(1949-    ) US author moderately active in various genres; of sf interest is Creeps: An Alien in our School (1985), a Young Adult tale set in a high school haunted by an Alien; and Flash Fry, Private Eye (1986), which incorporates fantasy elements into a similar mix. [JC]

Longevity in Writers

Though it did not yet seem remarkable in 1979, when the first edition of this encyclopedia was released at a time many founding authors of Genre SF were still in mid career, a few decades later, when the second edition appeared in 1993, it seemed appropriate to include an entry on the extreme longevity of some sf and fantasy writers and publications (for magazines and their editors see Longevity in Publications). Three decades later, the phenomenon of longevity has become all the more ...

Haldeman, Jack C, II

(1941-2002) US author who began publishing sf with "Garden of Eden" for Fantastic in December 1971. His fifty or so stories tend to avoid the more serious Space-Opera themes, sticking generally to Games-and-Sports tales about Robot football players, precognitive Stars, and the like. His first novel, Vector Analysis (short version May 1977 Analog; 1978), sets problems in a Space Station devoted to medical research, and sees them solved. His second, Perry's Planet (1980), is a Star Trek tie, and ...

Sweet Valerian

Japanese animated tv series (2004). Madhouse. Created by CLAMP. Directed by Hiroaki Sakurai. Written by Sayuri Ōba. Voice cast includes Yu Asakawa, Mika Kanai, Ami Koshimizu, Yūichi Nagashima, Kaori Nazuka and Kazuki Yao. 26 four-minute episodes. Colour. / In Asialand City the evil but amateurish Stress Team (Yao) fly about in a wonky flying saucer (see UFOs), seeking out the stressed; on locating, they fire a Ray turning them into an appropriate stress Monster – for ...

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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