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Levack, Daniel J H

(?   -    ) US bibliographer and critic, author of several author Bibliographies including Fantasms: A Bibliography of the Literature of Jack Vance (1978 chap with Tim Underwood; rev vt Fantasms II 1979 with Underwood and Kurt Cockrum; rev 1979), PKD: A Philip K. Dick Bibliography (1981; rev 1988), ...

Club Story

1. Assemblages of tales told within an enabling frame-story to a group of companions in a sheltered venue were not always known as club stories, a term of nineteenth-century provenance that does not, perhaps, very adequately encompass (for instance) the implications of Odysseus's narrating most of the events of The Odyssey (circa 700 BCE) (see Homer) over dinner, or of the Decameron (finished circa 1372) by Giovanni Boccaccio ...

Aaron, Shale

Pseudonym of US teacher and author Robert Boswell (1953-    ), whose work under his own name is not of genre interest. Virtual Death (1995), his sf novel as by Aaron, interestingly traverses Cyberpunk tropes; the protagonist, an actor who dies on stage for a living (and is later resuscitated), finds herself implicated in a revolutionary conflict engineered by her mother. Computer viruses enter the ...

Hammond, J R

(1933-2018) UK academic and author, founder of The H G Wells Society in 1960, associated with Nottingham Trent University 1991-1999; he is best known for his numerous studies and reader-guides to the life and work of H G Wells, the first volume of general interest being An H G Wells Companion: A Guide to the Novels, Romances and Short Stories (1979). In the twenty-first century, as Wells studies become more and more dauntingly intense and/or ...

Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa was a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, much influenced by Third Person Shooters. In the game's back-story a Near Future Earth had been invaded by an Alien empire. The attackers were ruled by a race known as the Bane, an offshoot of a Forerunner civilization which ...

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 ...

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