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Heydron, Vicki Ann

(1945-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Keepersmith" for Asimov's in 1979 with Randall Garrett, who was her husband; most of her work, like the Gandalara Cycle beginning with The Steel of Raithskar (1981) with Garrett and ending with The River Wall (1986) with Garrett, were written in collaboration with him. [JC]

Maeda Kensetsu

Maeda Kensetsu Kōgyō Kabushiki-kaisha ["Maeda Construction and Manufacturing Limited"], a Japanese building and civil engineering company, established in 1919, credited with many large-scale dams, tunnels and railway lines in Japan and other parts of Asia. Notable here for its Fantasy Eigyō-bu ["Fantasy Marketing Department"], a fake division set up as a public relations and recruitment exercise circa 2003, for which the corporation's engineers and managers would treat science ...

Strasser, Todd

(1950-    ) US author, highly prolific in children's and Young Adult fiction, with more than 140 such titles published. His first sf novel, The Mall from Outer Space (1987), was a juvenile in which shopping malls are taken over by Aliens. His remaining sf consists mainly of film Ties, where his novelizations include Honey, I Blew up the Kid (1992), Super Mario Brothers (1993), Addams Family Values (1993) and a tale set in the Star Wars universe. His Here Comes Heavenly and ...

Cox, Richard [2]

(1970-    ) US author, not to be confused with Richard (Hubert Francis) Cox (see previous entry); his two sf novels are Rift (2004), about an experimental Teleportation device, and The God Particle (2005), in which the search for a theoretical sub-atomic particle leads a Scientist in the direction of the eponymous deus ex machina. [JC]

X-Ray Spex

UK punk act, founded 1976 and led by vocalist and songwriter Poly Styrene (Marianne Joan Elliott-Said) (1957-2011); the other members were guitarist Jak Airport (Jack Stafford) (circa 1955-2004), bassist Paul Dean, drummer Paul "B. P." Hurding and saxophonist Lora Logic (Susan Whitby) (1960-    ), the last leaving after the first single, to be replaced by Steve "Rudi" Thompson. / That first single was "Oh Bondage! Up Yours!" (1977), opening demurely with "some people ...

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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