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Mitchell, Syne

(1970-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Tiger's Eye" in Sword and Sorceress #3 (anth 1992) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, and who concentrated on fantasy until the publication of her first novel, Murphy's Gambit (2000), a Young Adult tale set in a moderately Dystopian world dominated by corporations; Murphy herself, raised in "zero gravity" as an oppressed "space worker", turns out to be able to pilot a Faster Than Light Spaceship owned by a ...

von Lucadou, Julia

(1982-    ) German who is professionally active in the Television industry; an author whose first novel, Die Hochhausspringerin (2018; trans Sharmila Cohen as The High-Rise Diver 2021), is set in a very Near Future Dystopian world marked by an intense surveillance capitalism. The protagonists of the tale, the eponymous athlete and her struggling minder, are increasingly understood as fungibles in a world system that allows them no psychic privacy, which is seen as theft (see ...

Washington, S H L

(1910-?   ) UK author of works of family history whose first publication, on the title page of which he is stated to be thirteen, is The Temple of Mystery: A Tale of Adventure (1924), a Lost Race tale with clear echoes of H Rider Haggard, set in a city occupied by ancient Egyptians which may contain prehistoric beasts. [JC]

Roycraft, Jaye

(?   -    ) US author of Raincraft (2005), a noirish detective romance whose young protagonist, sent to a new planet, finds her Telepathic powers both useful and potentially deadly (as they mime the powers of humanity's loathed foes); in the Che Kincade sequence comprising Half Past Hell (2012) and Hell's Warrior (2012), which features different protagonists, Vampires and humans attempt to maintain an uneasy peace, but murder and treachery come close to ending ...

Last Chase, The

Film (1981). Argosy Films/Canadian Film Development Corporation/Crown International Pictures. Produced by Martyn Burke and Fran Rosati. Directed by Burke. Screenplay by Burke, Ray Moore, and C R O'Christopher from an original story by O'Christopher. Cast includes Lee Majors, Chris Makepeace, Burgess Meredith and George Touliatos. 101 minutes. Colour. / Sometime in the relatively distant Near Future after a Pandemic has wiped out most of humanity and the world's petroleum reserves have been ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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