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Suddaby, Donald

(1900-1964) UK author, mostly for children, whose first work was Scarlet-Dragon: A Little Chinese Phantasy (1923 chap), a seemingly self-published jeu d'esprit. He began publishing work of genre interest as Alan Griff with stories like "The Emerald" (August 1930 Colour), "The Coming of Glugm" (September 1930 Colour), which is Prehistoric SF, and "House of Desolation" (January 1934 Cornhill); his first sf novel was Lost Men in the Grass (1940) as by Griff, whose chemist protagonist invents (see ...


Board Game (2012). Guillotine Games. / Zombicide is a turn-based cooperative board game in which 1-6 players must survive a series of Zombie Disaster scenarios. Players take the role of an individual character with their own special powers and must survive a series of deadly turn-based attacks by zombies. The atmosphere of the game is intended to generate a B-movie ambience, with characters, game scenarios and zombies evoking traditional stereotypes (see Clichés) and tropes from the ...

Shuttle, Penelope

(1947-    ) UK poet and author, married to Peter Redgrove (whom see for their sf collaborations) until his death in 2003. Jesusa (1971 chap) is an expressionist presentation of Sex seen as metamorphic, mythopoeic. Her only full-length solo fiction of genre interest, The Mirror of the Giant: A Ghost Story (1980), combines Feminist self-analysis with elements of the traditional ghost story. [JC]

Nelson, Albert D

(?   -?   ) US author of America Betrayed: Save the Nation (1936), a Near Future Dystopia in which Japan has conquered America. [JC]

Akhtar, Jamshed

(1947-    ) Indian engineer and author whose Near Future sf novel, Ultimate Revelations (1996), in which the threat of precipitate Climate Change, caused by a minor event in the Sun's usually stable emission of energy, is understood as a kind of fulfilled prophecy (or typology) of an ancient catastrophe, as described in the Bible and further mediated through the Qur'an. But the great Disaster proceeds unaffected by this knowledge. [JC]

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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