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Nance, John J

(1946-    ) US author of Orbit (2006), a near-space adventure set in the very Near Future, in which a passenger on an "adventure" Spaceship is left alone after a micrometeorite kills the pilot; his rescue is co-ordinated through an ironized drama of Communications, as the laptop Computer upon which he writes his seemingly dying thoughts is transmitting these thoughts online to millions back on Earth, where he becomes a celebrity. [JC]

Breukelaar, J S

(?   -    ) US-born teacher and author, in Australia from early adulthood; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Union Falls" in Fantasy Magazine for July 2011, soon becoming recognized for her adroit use of Horror in SF topoi. Collision (coll 2019) presents a gamut of her short work, which is also characterized by a forthright use of the materials of Fantastika to anatomize contemporary life: which she clearly sees as being at profound risk. / ...

Hawke, Sam

(?   -    ) Australian author whose Poison Wars sequence, beginning with City of Lies (2018) hovers Equipoisally between Fantasy and moderately Far Future topoi with an infusion of worldbuilding in the style of the Planetary Romance. An expansive-seeming culture, with resemblances to sentimental versions of ancient Rome, turns out to conceal a Dystopian power structure. This book won a Ditmar Award as best novel. [JC]

Gatiss, Mark

(1966-    ) UK actor and author, best known in his sometime capacity as a member of The League of Gentlemen, a comedy team on BBC radio and television since 1995, acting in and co-authoring a spin-off film, The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005). Although not strictly science-fictional, The League of Gentlemen's work – mainly focusing on the fictional Northern English town of Royston Vasey – makes frequent reference to film and television works of the ...

Carr, Francis

(1834-1894) UK businessman and author Archimago: (or the New Zealander on the Ruins of London Bridge. A Satirical Work, Commencing I, Jno, formerly of the U. K. of G. B., etc) (1864 3vols), which uses the familiar image of the New Zealander to frame two visions of London's future: in the first, horseless carriages and flying vehicles manifest the commercial glories of Empire to come; in the second, the New Zealander is given a sight of 1864 rather on the lines of Gustave Doré's famous ...

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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