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Lafferty, Mur

Working name of US podcaster, journalist and author Mary Lafferty (1973-    ), active in the former capacity from around 2004; after audio release of some fiction, she began publishing work of genre interest with "Rex the Dog" in Murky Depths for June 2008. The issuing of her first novel, Playing for Keeps (2008), marks her sophisticated use of contemporary media: the tale was first published as an audio book, then as an ebook, then in print form: the narrative itself is a ...

Medieval Futurism

Term coined by John Carnell in his introduction to New Writings in SF 12 (anth 1967) to describe a contemporary trend of sf containing "Future technologies, often on other planets, but with heavy overtones of the Middle Ages feudal systems as the governing bodies." (see History in SF) Examples cited by Carnell include L Sprague de Camp's Divide and Rule (April-May 1939 Unknown as "Divide and Rule!"; 1990 chap dos) and Jack Vance's The Dragon Masters (August 1962 Galaxy; 1963 dos) – also ...

Archer, Alex

A House Name used by the Gold Eagle imprint of Harlequin Books (Toronto, Ontario) for the Rogue Angel sequence of contemporary action-adventure fantasy/supernatural thrillers about the explorations of multi-talented female archaeologist Annja Creed. Distantly reminiscent of Lara Croft in the Third Person Shooter Videogame Tomb Raider (1996), she encounters a wide spectrum of tropes that includes Mad Scientists, Monsters, Mythology, Supernatural Creatures and Vampires. Authors with entries in ...

Hardinge, Frances

(1973-    ) UK author who after an early appearance in SFinx (May 1995) began to professionally publish work of genre interest with "Shining Man" in The Dream Zone for January 2001; her works are usually and correctly thought of as fantasy, and adhere closely to fantasy conventions as to landscape and history, though the daedal Underground culture described very fully in A Face Like Glass (2012) is hauntingly akin to sf novels set in similar Pocket Universes after some ...

Agent for H.A.R.M.

Film (1966). Dimension VI/Universal Pictures. Produced by Edward F Abrams and Joseph Robertson. Directed by Gerd Oswald. Written by Blair Robertson based on his original concept. Cast includes Barbara Bouchet, Wendell Corey, Carl Esmond, Martin Kosleck and Peter Mark Richman. 84 minutes. Colour. / US special agent Adam Chance (Richman) is employed by H.A.R.M. (for Human Aetiological Relations Machine), an espionage agency led by Jim Graff (Corey). He is assigned to protect Professor Jan ...

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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