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Millership, Richard

(?   -    ) Australian author of Dagger Dark (1997), a Near Future tale set in the decayed New York of 2018, where an almost supernaturally powerful Drug known as Dagger strips its users of their civilized "human" veneer, turning them into mass murderers. [JC]

Zhang Ran

(1981-    ) Chinese author and former award-winning online news journalist (until 2011) whose rise to fame was coterminous with the push of Chinese authors into Anglophone publishing. For earlier work, as by Zhuxie Duowen, see below. His first work under the Zhang name, the novella "Yitai" ["Ether"] (September 2012 Kehuan Shijie; trans Carmen Yiling Yan and Ken Liu, January 2015 Clarkesworld), won a Yinhe Award. It is set in a balkanized United States, where the creep of ...


The entry, written for the second edition of the encyclopedia, awaits updating and linking to further new entries covering the development of sf in the various post-1992 successor states such as Croatia. / Yugoslavia was established as a nation in 1918, but the first sf works in two of its three linguistic areas – the Serbocroat and the Slovenian – long predated that. The first sf book to appear in Serbocroat was the translation in 1873 of Jules Verne's Voyage au centre de la ...

Devane, Mark

(?   -    ) US author of Twilight of the Celebrities (2001), in which a new breed of men transform the Near Future through Psi Powers such as Precognition. [JC]

Wallace, Nick

(1972-    ) UK media consultant and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Five Dimensional Thinking" in Life During Wartime (anth 2003) edited by Paul Cornell, like most of his work a contribution to the Doctor Who universe, in this case the Bernice Summerfield subseries. Fear Itself (2005) is set in the Doctor Who BBC Past Doctors subseries. Collected Works (anth 2006) assembles Bernice Summerfield tales. [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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