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Lang, Simon

Pseudonym of US screenwriter and author Darlene Hartman (1934-    ), her work under this name consisting of the Skipjack sequence of Space Operas, beginning with All the Gods of Eisernon (1973) and The Elluvon Gift (1975), these two tales constituting a casual series, both featuring the Terran starship Skipjack and both set in the same loose-slung set of Galactic Empires and democracies. The first novel is the more ambitious, presenting in the planet Eisernon an idyllic ...

Federman, Raymond

(1928-2009) French-born author, in the US from 1947 until his death; his family died in Auschwitz. Much of his work combines experimental forms with some content readable as fantastic; the term "surfiction" has been applied to Federman's version of the postmodern sensibility (see Postmodernism and SF). Of this work, The Twofold Vibration (1982), does incorporate a Near Future Dystopia into the mix, and so may be thought of as sf. [JC]

Cameron, Kenneth M

(1931-    ) US author of two unremarkable sf thrillers, Power Play (1979) under his own name and The Sunset Gun (1983) as by George Bartram; both are set in the Near Future, the latter features the eponymous deadly Weapon. [JC]

Steere, C A

(?   -?   ) US author of When Things Were Doing (1908), whose protagonist is transported to a Near Future where, in command of millions of socialists, he becomes President of the United States, and creates a Utopia there; the novel is comic in tone. Unfortunately, President Bill awakens from this dream. [JC]

Chambers, Stephen

(?1981-    ) US author who began publishing sf with his Hope sequence of tales comprising Hope's End (2001) and Hope's War (2002), a colony planet whose technology (the backstory is moderately complex) is at about the level of medieval Western Europe. The Planetary Romance glow this setting gives off is darkened through the genuine difficulties experienced by the young protagonist Vel in his coming-of-age, and by a sense of the inevitability of infighting and Realpolitik ...

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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