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Kim, Un-Su

(1972-    ) South Korean author whose first novel Kaebinit (2006; trans Sean Lin Halbert as The Cabinet 2021), deftly Equipoises a Satirical portrait of a late capitalist world in which humans are rigorously defined by surrealistically reductive labels (see Absurdist SF) against an subtextual implication that a Genetic Engineering project (see Eugenics) underlies the patent humiliation of Homo sapiens. / The protagonist of Kim's second novel, Seolgyejadeul (2010; trans ...

Tarzan, Deloris Lehman

Pseudonym of US art critic and author Deloris Tarzan Ament (1934-    ), active from around 1970 in Seattle, Washington; she also writes as by Winifred Concannon. Her sf novel Red Tide (1975) with D D Chapman, which is initially set in a research station Under the Sea, describes the disastrous Ecological consequences of sudden anomalies in the growth of the eponymous algal bloom; the protagonists of the tale then discover that a connected Disaster has made the surface of the ...

To-day and To-morrow

This relatively early venture in popular Futures Studies comprises a series of eighty-six hardback monographs published from 1923 by the London house Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Company. In these slim volumes, Scientists and others speculated (not always entirely seriously) about the future. Contributions to To-day and To-morrow by authors with entries in this encyclopedia are listed below. Perhaps the most strikingly forward-looking and intermittently prophetic of all these is J D Bernal's ...

Brant, John Ira

(1872-1959) US inventor and author whose The New Regime: A. D. 2202 (1909) bases its vision of an international Utopia on the work of Edward Bellamy. Unusually, the "visitor" to this utopia is not a Sleeper Awakes figure but a contemporary man who has given himself Amnesia through Drug use, and must be reintroduced to his happy world. [JC]

Williamson, Jack

Working name of US author John Stewart Williamson (1908-2006), which he used from the beginning of his career in 1928, though his Seetee stories were originally signed Will Stewart. Williamson was born in Arizona and raised (after stints in Mexico and Texas) on an isolated New Mexico homestead, and spent his last decades as well in New Mexico; he described his early upbringing and his first encounter with sf in the 1920s in his introduction and notes to The Early Williamson (coll 1975), 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 November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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