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Stewart, Alex

(1958-    ) UK editor and author, whose recent fiction has been as by Sandy Mitchell; he began publishing sf with "Seasons Out of Time" for Interzone in Summer 1982, but was initially most active as an editor. Solo he edited Arrows of Eros: Unearthly Tales of Love and Death (anth 1989); with Neil Gaiman he edited the Shared World anthology, Temps (anth 1991), featuring a clutch of Superheroes in modern Britain whom the government occasionally drafts for ill-paid superhero ...

Knipfel, Jim

(1965-    ) US journalist and author whose Slackjaw column (1987-current) in a succession of fringe papers has a loyal following. His first novel, The Buzzing (2003), is a gonzo tale of Paranoia in a New York increasingly devastated by no longer imaginary Monsters; possibly it was all a dream, though the tale loses interest if deflated in this fashion. Unplugging Philco (2009) is also a Satire, this time set in a more firmly avowed Near Future. [JC]

Jones, Margaret

(?   -    ) UK author and lecturer in human communication studies. In The Day They Put Humpty Together Again (1968; vt Transplant 1968) prosthetic-surgery techniques are used to wire an artist's head to a criminal's libidinous torso. Through the Budgerigar (1970) is a Satirical fantasy. [JC]

Bethancourt, T Ernesto

Working name of US singer-songwriter and author Tomàs Ernesto Bethancourt Passailaigue (1932-    ), who from adulthood has usually given his name as the anglicized Thomas E Paisley and has performed as Tom Paisley. Much of his early life is presented in his first novel, the autobiographical New York City, Too Far From Tampa Blues (1975); an sf series, the Yesterday sequence, begins with the Young Adult Tune in Yesterday (1978), which dramatizes some of the same New ...


Film (1989). Entertainment Film Productions. Produced by Gary Kurtz. Directed by Steven M Lisberger. Written by Tony Kayden, based on a story by Bill Bauer. Cast includes Kitty Aldridge, Eleanor David, Mark Hamill, Ben Kingsley, Bill Paxton and Bob Peck. 102 minutes. Colour. / Unspecified ecological rape has led to great earthquakes and geological changes all over the world. A strong, constant "river" of wind, the Slipstream, blows always in one direction across a scarred landscape 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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