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Schwehn, Kaethe

(circa 1979-    ) US academic, memoirist and author whose first novel, The Rending and the Nest (2018) is of sf interest for its depiction of a vast Disaster, the disappearance of 95% of the human race, though typically of the Mainstream Writer of SF this "inexplicable" vanishment is more metaphorical than actual. The survivors of this disaster, or some of them, occupy a remote rural Keep, with strange births, and the sudden irruption of a Mysterious Stranger who tricks them ...

Red Dawn

Film (1984). MGM/United Artists. Directed by John Milius. Written by Kevin Reynolds, Milius. Cast includes C Thomas Howell, Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze and Lea Thompson. 114 minutes. Colour. / Russians nuke US cities and their paratroops, with Cuban and Nicaraguan allies, invade the Midwest. Highschool kids escape into the Colorado mountains, become guerrillas, undergo rites of passage and male bonding, fight brilliantly, mostly die. This incoherent and implausible film gets so ...

Love, Rosaleen

(1940-    ) Australian author, science journalist and lecturer in the history and philosophy of science. Love has been publishing short fiction – not all sf – since 1985, her first story of genre interest being "The Laws of Life" for Westerly #30 in that year, about a student of Biology whose empathy with other living things seems unmannerly in Homo sapiens; she has won a number of Australian Mainstream awards for her stories. Her astringent sf Fabulations are ...

Williams, Francis Howard

(1844-1922) US critic and author whose Atman: The Documents in a Strange Case (1891), though its substance could be deemed occultish, has some interest through its structure. Williams himself appears in the tale as the holder of various documents that demonstrate the Psi Powers of the young woman brought to grief by a Mad Scientist, Professor Perdicaris. Metempsychosis is involved. [JC]

Moylan, Tom

(1943-    ) American-Irish academic, literary and cultural critic, born of Irish parents in Chicago, Illinois, he is a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; educated as an undergraduate at St. Mary's College, Winona, Minnesota, he studied for his MA and PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He taught English at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, Crawford College of Art, Cork, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. In ...

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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