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Haddad, Hubert

(1947-    ) Tunisian-born poet, playwright and author, in France from 1950, active as a poet from the mid-1960s. His fiction is generically various, and may often be defined in terms of its diverse and ambitious transactions between myth and the quotidian (see Fantastika). He is of specific sf interest for Corps désirable (2015; trans Alyson Waters as Desirable Body 2018), whose protagonist, after suffering total paralysis in an accident, is given a body transplant ...


There is a long sf tradition, often tinged with Satire, of speculation about future advertising. Rudyard Kipling's With the Night Mail (November 1905 McClure's; rev 1909 chap) includes sedately conventional ads for Airships and their trappings, supposedly from a magazine of the story's year 2000. More often, the latest Technology is subverted for advertising purposes: electric light, for example, is used to project slogans on to the night sky in Villiers de L'Isle-Adam's "Celestial Publicity" ...

Williams, Sheila

(1956-    ) US editor long associated with the magazine Asimov's Science Fiction, where she began her career in 1982, working initially with Shawna McCarthy and then with Gardner Dozois, and on the latter's retirement becoming editor in 2004 (as of the January 2005 issue). She has deftly and responsibly maintained the quality of the magazine in a period when print journals have been under universal threat, an achievement recognized by her 2011 and 2012 Hugo wins as Best ...

Baker, Eric T

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Uncertainty and the Dread Word Love" for Amazing in October 1993, and whose sf novel, Checkmate (1998), sets a paranoid thriller plot in a Space Opera frame, as a youthful agent aboard a colony ship finds he's being framed by his colleague Cyborgs. [JC]

Last Wave, The

Film (1977). Released in America as Black Rain. McElroy and McElroy, Derek Power, The South Australian Film Corporation. Directed by Peter Weir. Written by Tony Morphett, Petro Popescu and Weir. Cast includes Nandjiwarra Amagula, Walter Amagula, Richard Chamberlain, Vivean Gray, David Gulpilil, Olivia Hamnett, Richard Henderson and Frederick Parsloe. 106 minutes. Colour. / The Last Wave was made long before the twentieth century ended. This should be kept in mind as its complex narrative ...

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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