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Smibert, Angie

(1963-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Boy Who Spoke in Colors" in Odyssey Magazine for December 2007. Her Near Future Young Adult Dystopian Memento Mora sequence, beginning with Memento Mora (short version May/June 2008 Odyssey Magazine; 2011), is set in a world where Memory Edits erase bad personal memories, and also keep the population under control. In this world, false memories can added, further alarming the cast. The love triangle ...

Harkaway, Nick

Pseudonym of UK author Nicholas Cornwell (1972-    ) whose first novel, The Gone-Away World (2008), applies toxic gouaches of Equipoise to a Post-Holocaust tale set in a surrealized Alternate World, where resemblances to the "real" world can be seen as diversionary: x or y may differ from consensual reality, and the telling of the tale may dwell on these differences, but the alphabet of the story as a whole describes the Near Future we are entering. The plot is gonzo (and ...

Alien News Desk

US animated tv series (2019). Bento Box Entertainment and Broadway Video for Syfy. Created by Austin Reading and Chris Prynoski. Executive Producers include Erik Kenward, Dennis McNicholas and Andrew Singer. Directed by Lauren Andrews and Jeannette Moreno King. Writers include Scott Gairdner, Lauren Moser and Sam West. Voice cast includes Will Forte and Heidi Gardner. Twelve 22-minute episodes. Colour. / The Alien News Desk comes "live from Galactic Syndicate Studio Ship Integritus ... the ...

Punch

UK letter-size magazine of Humour and Satire, founded 1841 and first edited by Henry Mayhew (1812-1887) and Mark Lemon (1809-1870). Published weekly 1841-1992, with an unsuccessful revival 1996-2002. / For a century and a half, Punch (initially subtitled The London Charivari) was a British institution which through several of its early decades had considerable influence on UK Politics. The content – mainly humorous and/or satirical nonfiction and copious cartoon Illustration – ...

Swift, Jonathan

(1667-1745) Irish satirist, cleric and poet, dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, from 1713, who began publishing with the relatively innocuous Ode: to the King on his Irish Expedition (1691 chap), but who soon composed A Tale of a Tub [for subtitle see Checklist] (1704) anonymous, written almost a decade before it was published. The book incorporated a second satire, usually called today "The Battle of the Books", which used the imagery of books taking sides in a Library in a pitched battle ...

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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