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Diehl, Mrs A M

(1844-1912) UK musician and author; her career as a professional pianist began in 1861; she began writing after retiring from public musical performances. Of her nearly forty books of fiction, one is of some sf interest, Dr Paull's Theory: A Romance (1893), the plot of which hinges on Identity Transfer and its consequences. [JC]

McKay, Herbert

(?   -?   ) UK author of A Camouflage Revolution (1929), in which the threat of a clandestine communist takeover of Great Britain is set in the Near Future. [JC]

Druery, Chas T

Working name of UK author Charles Thomas Druery (1843-1917), who published works on UK flora (in particular, ferns). His didactic novel, The New Gulliver, or Travels in Athomia; Inspired by and Dedicated to Chronanthropos Sophilio (1897), presents its narrator, who has undergone Miniaturization in order to embark upon a Fantastic Voyage in his garden, with strange new perspectives on the natural world. [JC]


Film (1980). Filmplan International/Canadian Film Development Corp. Written and directed by David Cronenberg. Cast includes Lawrence Dane, Michael Ironside, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan and Jennifer O'Neal. 103 minutes. Colour. / This superior Psi-Powers movie easily outstrips Carrie (1976) and The Fury (1978). Pregnant women (we learn some way into the film) have been given an experimental Drug, ephemerol, ostensibly a tranquillizer but actually designed to produce paranormal offspring ...

Szal, Jeremy

(1995-    ) Australian editor,politician and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Aliens Ate My Anti-Grav Speeder" in Robot and Raygun for April 2014. Although his first novel Stormblood (2020) may accurately be described as Military SF set in an interstellar Space Opera venue, the heart of the tale revolves more intimately around the protagonist and his companions' instant addiction to the Drug stormtech, whose transformative effects make them close to ...

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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