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Unger, Kimberly

(?   -    ) US Videogame designer, teacher and author, in the latter capacity mostly of nonfantastic tales for Young Adult readers; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Sea Change" in Galaxy's Edge for September 2015. Her first novel with strong sf content is Nucleation (2020), a Hard SF Space Opera set initially at a mining installation in deep space, where the protagonist makes problematic First Contact with another civilization; Realpolitik and ...

Love, Death and Robots

US animated online tv series (2019-current). Blur Studio for Netflix. Created by Tim Miller. Executive Producers Joshua Donen, David Fincher, Jennifer Miller and Tim Miller. Directors include Léon Bérelle, Dominique Boidin, Rémi Kozyra, Maxime Luère, Victor Maldonado, Tim Miller, Gabriele Pennacchioli, Alfredo Torres and Robert Valley. Main adapter Philip Gelatt. Voice cast includes Elly Condron, Peter Franzen, Zita Hanrot, Michael B Jordan, John DiMaggio, Maurice ...

Waller, Robert

(1913-2005) UK editor, environmentalist, radio producer, poet and author, active from the 1930s. He is of some sf interest for Shadow of Authority (1956), a Near Future Satire set in a 1980 Britain, where the National Publishing authority (whose internal structure resembles that of the BBC) controls what may be read. His early and troubled interest in the Ecology of an endangered Earth marked much of his later nonfiction, including Be Human or Die (1972) [JC]

Copley, Frank Barkley

(1875-1941) US author – best known for his adulatory Frederick W Taylor: Father of Scientific Management (1923 2vols) – in whose The Impeachment of President Israels (1913) a Near Future Jewish US president is impeached for refusing on ethical grounds to make war on Germany, but is vindicated. [JC]


Videogame (1982). Infocom. Designed by Dave Lebling. Platforms: AppleII, Atari8, DOS, PCBoot (1982); C64 (1983); Mac (1984); AtariST (1985); Amiga (1986). / Starcross was one of the first text-based Adventure games to use an sf theme. The game's story is Hard SF, reminiscent of Arthur C Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama (1973) and John Varley's "The Black Hole Passes" (June 1975 F&SF); the player adopts the role of a quantum Black Hole miner who discovers a huge and apparently abandoned ...

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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