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White, Mark J

(?   -    ) UK author of the Near Future sf novel An Idol Killing (1997), set in a Dystopian Britain suffering Ecological collapse; a rock star eco-terrorist is threatened with assassination during the performance of his last gig. The world turns grimmer than before. [JC]

Grimsley, Jim

(1955-    ) US playwright, academic and author some of whose plays have been assembled as Mr Universe: And Other Plays (coll 1998), which includes Math and Aftermath (first performed Seven Stages, Atlanta, Georgia, April 1988) and The Lizard of Tarsus (first performed Seven Stages, Atlanta, Georgia 31 January 1990). Other plays of sf interest include The Earthlings (first performed Seven Stages, Atlanta, Georgia, January 1984) and Man with a Gun (first performed Nexus ...

Yuma, Gary

(?   -    ) US author of an sf soft-porn Sex novel, Flesh Probe (1973), which explores Gender issues without much penetration. [JC]

Wagers, K B

(?   -    ) US author whose Indranan War sequence comprising Behind the Throne (2016) and After the Crown (2016) is a Space Opera set at the heart of a beleaguered Galactic Empire run on matriarchal lines (see Feminism). Their protagonist, a princess who suddenly succeeds to the vastly powerful throne, finds herself enmired in complex intrigues. In Wagers's second series, the Farian War sequence beginning with There Before the Chaos (2018), the new empress ...

North, Delavel

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Last Man in London (1887), presented as a manuscript containing a vision of the future, in which the Last Man in an empty London after an unspecified Disaster engages in what George Locke describes as "an orgy of destruction not dissimilar to that featured in M P Shiel's The Purple Cloud" (1901) (see End of the World). [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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