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Curtis, Jean-Louis

Pseudonym of French author Louis Lafitte (1917-1995), author of several untranslated works, none fantastic; his collection of five satirical sf stories, Un saint au néon (coll 1956; trans by Humphrey Hare as The Neon Halo: The Face of the Future 1958), very sharply depicts a Near-Future world whose centre cannot hold. The tone is vivacious, didactic, circumstantial; its wit is distanced in the récit fashion long favoured by French satirists. [JC]

Little Badger, Darcie

(1987-    ) US oceanographer and author much of whose work, most of it definable as fantasy or horror, directly and powerfully reflects her family background as a member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. She began to publish work of genre interest with "First Ride of the Day" in Vignettes from the End of the World (anth 2014) edited by Jacob Haddon. Her first novel, the Young Adult Elatsoe [pronounced el-at-so-ay] (2020), which won the Locus Award for best first novel, ...

Pérochon, Ernest

(1885-1942) French author who served at the beginning of World War One before suffering a heart attack and being invalided out; most of his work was nonfantastic; he won the Prix Goncourt in 1920. His sf novel, Les Hommes Frénétiques (1925; trans Brian Stableford as The Frenetic People 2012), describes a Utopian Western world which after a century or so of worldwide peace has suddenly broken into a conflict that evokes 1914-1918 in its self-destructive fury, a Future War that ...

Æon Flux

1. US animated tv series (1991-1995). MTV. Created by Peter Chung. Executive producers Japhet Asher and Abby Terkuhle. Writers: Peter Chung (seasons one and two), plus Japhet Asher, Peter Chung, Todd French, Peter Gaffney, Mark Mars and others (season three). Voice cast includes Denise Poirier and John Rafter Lee. 16 episodes of various lengths. Colour. / Initially broadcast as six brief pieces totalling two minutes in all on Liquid Television (MTV's experimental animation show), this was ...

Strachey, John St Loe

(1860-1927) UK journalist, editor (in collaboration with C L Graves) and author of suavely put and extremely influential left-centre opinions; he dominated The Spectator from about 1890 until shortly before his death. This mind-set is reflected in his two books of sf interest: The Great Bread Riots; Or, What Came of Fair Trade (1885 chap) as S L S, a Near Future tale told as from the year 1934, describes the dire imagined consequences of abandoning free trade (see Economics); How England Became ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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