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Matthews, Clyde

(1917-    ) US author of The Ides of March Conspiracy: The Year the IRS Got What it Deserves (1979), a Near Future Satire in which a Computer expert fights back against the American Internal Revenue Service and its snooping. [JC]

Layne, Steven L

(1965-    ) US author whose Thomas's Sheep sequence, comprising Thomas's Sheep and the Great Geography Test (1998) and Thomas's Sheep and the Spectacular Science Project (2004), is Science Fantasy for younger readers; the Paradise sequence comprising This Side of Paradise (2005) and Paradise Lost (2010) is set in an ominous company town called Paradise. The Young Adult Mergers (2006) set in a racially uniform Dystopia from which four protagonists escape into the past (see ...

Tieryas, Peter

Working name of South Korean-born author Peter Tieryas Liu (1979-    ), in the USA from infancy, who used his full name in earlier work, beginning with the concisely Equipoisal tales assembled as Watering Heaven (coll 2012), some of which seem nonsequitural until they lodge themselves within expected parameters of Fantastika. Though authors like Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges seem directly or indirectly to tint Tieryas's work, he is in general notable for his ...

Wunsch, Sacha

(?   -    ) Canadian author whose first novel, the Young Adult Lies My Memory Told Me (2021), unpacks the full story behind an immensely popular device,which is the Invention of the protagonist's parents: users enter into chosen Virtual Realities through narratives embedded in the "Enhanced Memory" unit. But these narratives seem to take their shape, via Memory Edits (or worse) imposed on vulnerable subjects; the experiences enjoyed by users, the protagonist ...

Zero Theorem, The

Film (2013). Voltage Pictures presents an Asia & Europe Productions and Zanuck Independent production in association with Zephyr Films, Media Pro Pictures, Le Pacte, Wild Side Films, Picture Perfect Corporation and Film Capital Europe Funds. Directed by Terry Gilliam. Written by Pat Rushin, with additional material by Gilliam. Cast includes Matt Damon, Lucas Hedges, Tilda Swinton, David Thewlis, Mélanie Thierry and Christoph Waltz. 107 minutes. Colour. / A reclusive Computer ...

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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