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Goldberg, Marshall

(1930-2005) US physician, teacher and author (sometimes as Marshall Goldberg, M D) of medical thrillers, some of which move into the Near Future, including Disposable People (1980) with Kenneth Kay, about a disease which suddenly ravages America, and Nerve (1981). He should not be confused with his father, the football player Marshall Goldberg (1917-2006). [JC]

Russell, Karen

(1981-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Haunting Olivia" in The New Yorker for 13-20 June 2005; the tale evokes a world and mood to which her work repeatedly returns: the coves, islets, and low-lying inlands of southern Florida, whose Polders [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and thresholds Russell dramatizes with a sensibility that might be called Florida Gothic (see Gothic SF). The phantasmagoria attendant upon the ...

Wright, Stephen

(1946-    ) US author whose only novel of sf interest, M31: A Family Romance (1988), is a Fabulation in an agglutinative style reminiscent of that used by William Gaddis (1922-1998) in The Recognitions (1955). Abandoned by their parents – Dot and Dash, who claim to be Aliens descended from the inhabitants of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31 in the Messier catalogue) – the protagonists of the book ricochet numbly through the nightmare shopping malls and 7-11s of modern ...

SF Music

This article is in two parts: 1, Science Fiction in Classical Music; 2, Science Fiction in Popular Music. For discussion of music as it is portrayed in sf, see Music. / 1. Science fiction in classical music / The fullest interaction between sf and music is in the broad sense a twentieth-century phenomenon, although there are various examples of earlier classical music that treats of or finds aural structure for sf, some of it surprisingly early. It is fair to say that sf music, broadly, ...

Peck, Wallace

Pseudonym of the unidentified US author (?   -?   ) of The Golden Age of Patents: A Parody on Yankee Inventiveness (1888 chap), which describes a series of spoof Inventions, sometimes with an effect of Satire, though some Yankee inspirations are narrated as tall tales. The illustrations are amusing. [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 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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