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Allen, Roger MacBride

(1957-    ) US author who began writing with the Torch Space-Opera series, The Torch of Honor (1985) and Rogue Powers (1986) – both assembled as Allies and Aliens (omni, rev 1995) – whose considerable impact may seem excessive to anyone familiar only with the books in synopsis, as neither might have appeared to offer anything new. The Torch of Honor begins with a scene all too evocative of Robert A Heinlein's sf juveniles from three decades earlier, as a batch of ...


Film (1974). John Boorman Productions/Twentieth Century Fox. Produced, directed and written by John Boorman. Cast includes John Alderton, Sean Connery, Sara Kestelman and Charlotte Rampling. 105 minutes. Colour. / A future society on the Ruined Earth is divided into two regions: the Vortex and the Outlands, separated by an impenetrable Force Field. Within the Vortex live the Eternals – Immortal, possessed of high Technology and given to a decadent aestheticism – while in the ...

Verne, Michel

(1861-1925) French author, son of Jules Verne, with whose late and posthumous career he is almost exclusively associated [for discussion see entry for his father], and three of whose posthumous novels he either wrote entirely or entirely recomposed. They are L'Agence Thompson and C° (17 October-25 December 1907 Le Journal; 1907 2vols) as by Jules Verne, Les Naufragés du "Jonathan" (26 July-17 October 1909 Le Journal; 1909 2vols) as by Jules Verne, and L'Étonnante Aventure de ...

Alternate History

An alternate history – some writers and commentators prefer the designation "alternative history" on grammatical grounds, some use the unelucidative Counterfactual, and others apply the term "uchronia" (see Charles Bernard Renouvier) – is an account of Earth (sometimes extending to exploration of solar-system space) as it might have become in consequence of some hypothetical alteration in history (see Jonbar Point). The earliest example in novel form may be the long title tale ...

Godfrey, Martyn N

(1949-2000) UK-born author who emigrated to Canada in 1957. His sf, mostly written for the Young Adult market, includes The Vandarian Incident (1981), Alien Wargames (1984), The Last War (1986 chap) – a Post-Holocaust tale – More than Weird (1987) and I Spent My Summer Vacation Kidnapped into Space (1990). None markedly strove to stand out from the routine. [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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