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McCarthy, Wil

Working name of US engineer and author William Terence McCarthy (1966-    ) who began publishing sf with "What I Did with the OTV Grissom" for Aboriginal in May/June 1990; his first book appearance was the very thin chapbook Dirtyside Down (1991 chap dos). In his first novel, Aggressor Six (1994), which begins the two-volume Waisters sequence concluding with The Fall of Sirius (1996), thirty-fourth-century humanity is confronted by an implacable Alien race which wages ...

Hayes, Frederick William

(1848-1918) UK architect, painter, playwright and author whose Utopia, The Great Revolution of 1905, or The Story of the Phalanx: With an Introductory Account of Civilisation in Great Britain at the Close of the Nineteenth Century (1893; vt State Industrialism: The Story of the Phalanx; With an Account of Civilization in Great Britain at the Close of the Nineteenth Century 1894), describes from a 1930s perspective the successful efforts of the socialist middle-class "Phalanx" to take over the ...

Høeg, Peter

(1957-    ). Danish author, much of whose work seems essentially Equipoisal between various modes – the stressed realism of De måske egnede (1993; trans Barbara Haveland as Borderliners 1994); the faux-folkloric idioms of some of the tales assembled in Fortællinger om natten (coll of linked stories 1990; trans Barbara Haveland as Tales of the Night 1997); the Magic Realist National Origin Story given a Nordic cast in Forestilling om det Tyvende ...


1. Comic strip created by French artist Jean-Claude Forest (1930-1998) for V-M Magazine in 1962. The adventures of the scantily clad blonde astronaut on the planet Lithion, a typical Planetary Romance venue, were collected as Barbarella (graph coll 1964; trans Richard Seaver 1966). Despite its humorous treatment of the soft-focus Sex she engages in with various young partners, Barbarella incurred the wrath of French censorship, perhaps because she too conspicuously resembled the real Brigitte ...

Logan, Michael

(1970-    ) Scottish journalist and author who is of sf interest for Apocalypse Cow (2012), a gonzo exercise in comic Equipoise in which it is discovered that an infected British cow, which is in fact a bovine Zombie, has escaped slaughter; chaos soon churns the Near Future up. [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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