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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

de la Warr, George

(1904-1969) UK pioneer of a controversial alternative healing therapy involving "radionics" devices. He is best known in sf circles for his Pseudoscientific "Hieronymus machine" which enthralled John W Campbell Jr in the 1950s. This supposed Psionics machine had an elusive tactile output (the varying stickiness of a rubber pad) which was generally regarded as too subjective to be meaningful. ...

Lewis, Mick

(?   -    ) UK author of The Bloody Man (1998), a horror tale, and of two Ties for the Doctor Who universe, Doctor Who: Rags (2001) and Doctor Who: Combat Rock (2003). [JC]

Stranger Things

US online tv series (2016-current). 21 Laps Entertainment and Monkey Massacre for Netflix. Created by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer. Written by Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Jessica Mecklenburg, Jessie Nickson-Lopez and Alison Tatlock. Directed by Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy. Cast includes Millie Bobby Brown, Joe Keery, David Harbour, Charlie Heaton, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Matthew Modine, Shannon Purser, Winona Ryder, Noah Schnapp and Finn ...

Klein, Jeffrey Bruce

(1948-    ) US investigative journalist, founder-editor of the magazine Mother Jones, and author; in his Near Future sf novel, The Black Hole Affair (1991) as Jeffrey Klein, which reflects his left-wing, anti-government convictions, a reporter discovers a secret government Star Wars project that could either start World War Three, or devastate the planet, or both. [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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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