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Parenteau, Shirley

(1935-    ) US author, mostly of picture books for children, whose sf novel for older children, The Talking Coffins of Cryo-City (1979), a putative Utopia which deals with problems through Weather Control, and with criminals through Cryogenic Suspended Animation (see Crime and Punishment). [JC]

Z.P.G.

Film (1971; vt Zero Population Growth UK). Sagittarius/Paramount. Directed by Michael Campus. Written by Max Ehrlich and Frank DeFelitta. Cast includes Oliver Reed, Geraldine Chaplin, Diane Cilento and Don Gordon. 97 minutes. Colour. / Set on a future Earth afflicted by massive Pollution, this film was a product of a period when (perhaps not before time), the question of Overpopulation had almost overnight become a matter much publicized by the media. Books like Paul R Ehrlich's The ...

Winter, Ariel S

(?   -    ) US bookseller and author whose first novel, The Twenty-Year Death (2012) is a nonfantastic thriller told in three parts, each part in the voice of a famous crime writer (the first being Georges Simenon). A children's book, One of a Kind (2012 chap) is for younger children. He is of sf interest for his second adult novel, Barren Cove (2016), set in an Entropy-ridden seemingly balkanized Near Future America, seemingly close to the end-days of Homo ...

York, J Steven

(1957-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Starbird" (in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume V, anth 1989, ed Algis Budrys), and who concentrated on Ties for various enterprises: for the Marvel Comics Generation X series beginning with Generation X: Crossroads (1998); for the BattleTech spinoff MechWarrior, beginning with MechWarrior: Dark Age: Fortress of Lies (2004); and for the Conan universe (see Robert E Howard), beginning ...

Half-Life

Videogame (1998). Valve. Platforms: Win (1998); rev PS2 (2001). / Half-Life is a First Person Shooter, notable for its depth of narrative immersion (see Game Design). It was the first FPS in which a storyline was presented without the use of non-interactive scenes interposed between levels set in different locations. Instead, the story is integrated with the gameplay, using such techniques as overheard conversations and prescripted events triggered by player actions. While the storyline ...

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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