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Phair, Colette

(1982-    ) US author whose first novel, Nightmare in Silicon (2007), set in a Near Future where Medicine has sufficiently advanced to allow Identity Transfer of minds from diseased bodies to impervious Robot housings; the dying protagonist's experience of this process sharply evokes a range of Feminist arguments, centring on coercive definitions of women in terms of Sex. [JC]


Polish film (1988; vt King Size). Zespół Filmowy Kadr. Directed by Juliusz Machulski. Written by Jolanta Hartwig and Juliusz Machulski. Cast includes Jacek Chmielnik, Katarzyna Figura, Grzegorz Heromiński and Jerzy Stuhr. 105 minutes. Colour. / Fairytale motifs [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] are combined with the theft of a Conceptual Breakthrough in the form of a Drug to mock the absurdities of a totalitarian regime in this Satire from Poland. / ...

Fuentes, Roberto

(1934-    ) US judo expert who collaborated with Piers Anthony (whom see for further details) on the Jason Striker series of martial arts tales; Dead Morn (1990), likewise with Anthony, is a singleton. Fuentes's bad health affected future plans between the two collaborators. [JC]

Krohn, Leena

(1947-    ) Finnish author whose first novels were composed for younger readers, an example being Ihmisen vaatteissa: Kertomus kaupungilta (1976; trans Bethany Fox as "The Pelican's New Clothes: A Story from the City" in Collected Fiction 2015), whose young protagonist experiences a magical City through his relationship with the eponymous talking bird. Krohn's focus on multivariant experiences of urban life [for Beast Fable and Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy ...

Paton, John

Pseudonym of UK author Frederick John Alford Bateman (1921-2004), whose unremarkable Space Operas for Robert Hale Limited comprise Leap to the Galactic Core (1978), Proteus (1978) and The Sea of Rings (1979). [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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