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Inspired by literary trends of the period, Portuguese Proto-Sf novels in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries depicted future or remote Utopian societies that are visited and discussed at length by travelers from the present world and time. Great care is given to the shifts in world order and morality and less to scientific achievements, including the modes of Transportation to those far-away lands. Protagonists travel in time through the simple method of deep-sleep (see Sleeper ...

Fahy, Casey

(1962-    ) US author, mostly of nonfiction pieces on the film published online; of his two novels, The Bot Story (2001), about furry Aliens searching for their roots, is of moderate interest. (The implications of the titular use of a term usually applied to robots or computer applications may be inadvertent.) [JC]

Greenwood Press

US specialist publishing house, based in Westport, Connecticut, whose books are largely academic and sometimes bibliographical; it has a special interest in sf, and is one of the major academic publishers in this area. Among the commentaries on sf published by Greenwood Press are Martha A Bartter's The Way to Ground Zero: The Atomic Bomb in American Science Fiction (1988), Thomas D Clareson's Some Kind of Paradise: The Emergence of American Science Fiction (1986), Bud Foote's The Connecticut ...

Capricorn One

Film (1977). Capricorn One Associates/Associated General/ITC. Directed by Peter Hyams. Written by Hyams. Cast includes James Brolin, Elliott Gould, Hal Holbrook, O J Simpson, Brenda Vaccaro and Sam Waterston. 124 minutes. Colour. / The premise of this Paranoia movie – made at a time, in the wake of Watergate, when secret-political-conspiracy films had become commonplace – is that a supposedly manned mission to Mars cannot carry a crew because of a malfunction in the life-support ...

Pearson, Ryne Douglas

(1964-    ) US screenwriter and author, mostly of thrillers; October's Ghost (1994), like most Technothrillers, is set in an indefinite very Near Future world, in this case during and after the Cuban launch of an atomic missile. Much confusion ensues. [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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