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Naam, Ramez

(?   -    ) Egyptian-born computer scientist, entrepreneur and author, in the USA from infancy. Much of his work has been in the application of Information Theory in the development of Communication technologies, a focus which informs his Nexus 5 sequence comprising Nexus (2012), Crux (2013) and Apex (2015). Nexus itself is a dangerously subornable Drug-born Nanotechnology designed to link (and to cognitively enhance) human brains, in order to create profits ...

Mandel, George

(1920-2021) US Comics artist who drew some Superhero figures including The Woman in Red – first seen in Thrilling Comics #2 (March 1940) and identified as the first female masked crime-fighter – Black Marvel for Timely and Blue Bolt for Novelty, until he was badly wounded in World War Two. / Mandel then turned to writing, beginning with the early Beat novel Flee the Angry Strangers (1952). Of sf interest is Crocodile Blood (1985), a tale Equipoisal between rationalized horror ...

Pickvet, Mark

(1963-    ) US author of the Post-Holocaust Rockman sequence, beginning with Rockman (2006), recounting a gradually intensifying series of conflicts between martial combatants representing the good and the evil in the long drama through the course of which Homo sapiens may recover from the hubristic Technologies that caused the Fall. [JC]

New Moon Quarterly

UK low-paying Amateur Magazine published by Weller Publications, Orpington, Kent and edited by George P Townsend, ostensibly as a fantasy and more experimental companion to Dream Magazine. It saw five, octavo-size issues between June 1987 and Summer 1988. The magazine ran a sizable quota of science fiction amongst its more overt fantasy and occasional light-hearted vignettes. "Blind is the Hand That Fears No Life" (June 1987) by Michael Cobley is a poignant tale of an encounter between an ...

Yourell, Agnes Bond

(1864-?   ) US author whose A Manless World (1891) speculates about what might happen to the human species were an interstellar gas to have destroyed "animal desire" (see Sex; Feminism) in everyone except – it is mooted – the Jews (see Race in SF), who might find an elixir: riots and pogroms would occur; the race would vanish. In a manner not uncommon to nineteenth-century fiction of this sort, the tale is told in an "as if" mode, and claims to do no more than present ...

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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