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Wagner, Bruce

(1954-    ) US screenwriter and author who has focused on the splendours and miseries of California life and culture, as in his first book, Force Majeure: The Bud Wiggins Stories (coll of linked stories 1988; exp vt Force Majeure 1991), whose Comic-Inferno examination of Hollywood (see Cinema) edges close to the fantastic. His script for the Television series Wild Palms (which see for details) is full-blown sf. He produced three separate books about or rendering the series: ...

Green, Hilary

(?   -    ) UK author of Centrifuge (1978), a routine sf adventure for Robert Hale Limited. [JC]

Vadnais, Christiane

(1986-    ) Canadian radio programmer and author whose Faunes (coll of linked stories 2018; trans Pablo Strauss as Fauna 2020), set after the virtual elimination of Homo sapiens due to devastating Climate Change, traces through an array of linked narratives set in the sub-Arctic town of Shivering Heights the lives of survivors in the transformed world they cannot easily inherit. Mutations (see Mutants) haunt them, metamorphoses out of the toolkit of Fantastika, recurrences ...

Psionics

A common item of sf Terminology, usually referring to the study and use of Psi Powers, under which head this meaning is discussed. Never part of the vocabulary of J B Rhine, whose speculations fell on fertile ground in the early-middle days of Genre SF (see Golden Age of SF), the term seems to have first appeared in print in Jack Williamson's story "The Greatest Invention" (July 1951 Astounding). John W Campbell Jr became an eager advocate of psionics, not only in fiction but as a real-world ...

Thomas, Rob

(1965-    ) US author responsible for three Ties to the X-Files universe in the Shared World X-Files Young Adults Series, beginning with Control (1997) as by Everett Owens. Under his own name, his Young Adult tale Green Thumb (1999) features a young protagonist who discovers, while spending his summer vacation, that the intertwined trees of the tropical rain forest are able to communicate with one another. At the same time, a plot to Poison the jungle through invasive ...

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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