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West, Rebecca

Pseudonym of UK journalist and author Cicily Isabel Fairfield Andrews (1892-1983), H G Wells's partner 1913-1923; she also wrote as by Lynx. She began to publish her astute and polemical nonfiction around 1911; her first novel, The Return of the Soldier (1918), which stretches its nonfantastic mode to the limit, stands as a very early response to the profound trauma of World War One. The soldier, who is a victim of shell shock, manifests his deep disorder through Amnesia, and remembers nothing ...

Payne, A R Middletoun

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race novel, The Geral-Milco; Or, the Narrative of a Residence in a Brazilian Valley of the Sierra-Paricis (1852; vt Rambles in Brazil; Or, A Peep at the Aztecs, by One Who Has Seen Them 1854), told as a travelogue whose narrator discovers, in the Matto Grosso of Brazil, a mixed civilization of Aztecs (who had fled south after the Spanish destruction of their empire) and Incans; they have created a Utopia featuring applied Economics ...

Dietrich, Bryan D

(1965-    ) US academic associated with Newman University, Wichita, Kansas, and poet (see Poetry) whose first collection, Krypton Nights: Poems (coll 2002 chap; exp vt Single Bound: Krypton Nights / Amazon Days 2018), established a continuing pattern in which sets of poems are grouped around particular figures or themes, in this case the Superhero Superman (both sexes in the expanded version). Universal Monsters (coll 2007 chap) contains a more general assemblage of dramatic ...

Klages, Ellen

(1954-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with Time Gypsy (in Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction, anth 1998, edited by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel; 2003 chap), a Time Travel tale, though most of her subsequent work has gained recognition as innovative fantasy: "Basement Magic" (May 2003 F&SF) won a Nebula for best novelette; and Wakulla Springs (2 October 2013 Tor.com; 2013 ebook) with Andy Duncan won a World Fantasy Award for best ...

Escape from LA

Film (1996). Paramount Pictures in association with Rysher Entertainment. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Carpenter, Debra Hill, & Russell, based on characters by Carpenter & Nick Castle. Cast includes Steve Buscemi, Bruce Campbell, Peter Fonda, Valeria Golino, Pam Grier, Stacy Keach, Cliff Robertson and Kurt Russell. 101 minutes. Colour. / Sixteen years after the events of Escape from New York (1981), the US is a morally totalitarian police state which deports its ...

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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