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Proctor, Geo W

(1946-2008) US teacher, occasional illustrator, broadcaster and author who published fiction in various genres from 1972, some non-sf being as by Zack Wyatt; after routine Sword and Sorcery tales with soft-porn dollops like The Coming of Cormac (1974) as by Caer Ced, his first sf was The Esper Transfer (1978), a modest sf adventure whose Telepathic protagonist must escape various dangers. Although ...

Trevayne, Emma

(?   -    ) US author whose work is restricted to works for younger child and for the Young Adult market, beginning with the Coda sequence comprising Coda (2013) and Chorus (2014), set in a Near Future Dystopia; the young protagonist, armed with Music, subverts the tyranny in charge in time to save the ...

Idol, Billy

(1955-    ) Stage name of UK pop star William Michael Albert Broad, who merits mention here only on account of his album Cyberpunk (1993), a punk-electronica concept album inspired by Idol's reading of William Gibson's Neuromancer. Many of Idol's earlier rock-punk songs are catchy, and some have proved enduring, but this album is very bad. [AR]

Miral, Léon

Pseudonym of French journalist, playwright and author Ernest Jacob (1858-1942); with A Viger (whom see for publishing details), he published some sf tales in Le Petit Parisien, a journal for which he had worked at some point; these tales were signed either as by L Miral and A Viger or as by Miral-Viger. [JC]

Despicable Me

Animated film (2010). Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment. Directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin. Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, based on a story by Sergio Pablos. Cast includes Russell Brand, Steve Carell and Jason Segal. 91 minutes. Colour. / A suburban Supervillain has a simple dream: to steal the Moon. All that stands in his way is a younger, slicker supervillain and three adorable orphans. Will ...

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 ...

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