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Simmons, Kristen

(?   -    ) US mental health therapist and author for the Young Adult market; her Article 5 sequence, comprising Article 5 (2012), Breaking Point (2013) and Three (2014), is set in a Dystopian Near Future America so devastated by unspecified Disasters that it has become a Ruined Earth, with the privileged confined in Keeps and the outlaws hunted in the wilderness beyond. A rigid Christian fundamentalism (see Religion; Women in SF) governs all behaviour. The ...

Hewson, David

(1953-    ) UK journalist and author, most of whose novels are detective thrillers, and whose Solstice (1998) anticipates global Disaster when the Millennium arrives, including a spasm of sunspots, and the use of armed satellites in near orbit. Native Rites (2000) is horror. [JC]

Chi Shuchang

(1922-1997) Chinese author and translator from Japanese, remembered today for one work that captured the spirit of the Great Leap Forward in the 1950s. Born in North-East China shortly before it fell under the sway of the Japanese "Manchurian" puppet-state, Chi studied Economics at Keiō University in Japan, before returning to newly Communist China. There, he became one of the early "science popularizers", writing Children's SF that sought to educate the masses about new advances, or ...


Initialism for the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, a nonprofit education association open to all those involved with sf and fantasy art in either a professional or an amateur capacity. ASFA promotes such work and its creators' rights in various ways, most conspicuously by presenting the Chesley Awards (which see), named for Chesley Bonestell and given annually since 1985. / Vincent Di Fate was a cofounder of ASFA and served as its first President. As with SFWA, the "and ...

Cohen, Joshua

(1980-    ) US author who after the surreal fantasias assembled as The Quorum (coll 2005) began to publish work of sf interest with "Last Transmission or Man with a Robotic Ermine" in Text: Ur: The New Book of Masks (anth 2006) edited by Forrest Aguirre. In his first published novel, Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto (2007), the composer Schneidermann mysteriously disappears from a showing of Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List (1993), according to his friend ...

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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