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Leven, Jeremy

(1941-    ) US academic author whose two Equipoisal sf-like novels, Creator (1980) and Satan: His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr Seymour Kassler, J.S.P.S. (1982), both apply a sometimes portentous mainstream sensibility to generic conceits (see Mainstream Writers of SF). In the first, the attempted creation of a Clone to replace a dead wife activates considerable magic-realist brooding about a variety of issues. In the second a Computer turns out to house the ...

Kunzru, Hari

(1969-    ) UK journalist and author, active from around 1995. In Transmission (2003), his first novel of sf interest, a programmer for a firm involved in biomedical research is laid off, and in revenge releases a Computer virus whose dissemination causes chaos as Communications systems collapse worldwide (see also Information Theory). Gods Without Men (2011) Equipoisally generates a sense of the god Coyote as both Shapeshifter and manipulator of Dimensions, possibly ...

Aymé, Marcel

(1902-1967) French author and dramatist, not generally thought of as a contributor to the sf field, though several of his best-known novels, such as La jument verte (1933; appalling anonymous trans as The Green Mare 1938; new trans Norman Denny 1955), are fantasies, usually with a satirical point to make about provincial French life. La belle image (1941; trans Norman Denny as The Second Face 1951; new trans Sophie Lewis 2006) comes close to an sf nightmare of Identity in its rendering of the ...

Burnet, W Hodgson

(1873-1933) UK architect and author, whose Parodies include Quite So Stories (coll 1918), which makes mild fun of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories (coll 1902). In Gullible's Travels in Little-Brit (1920), a giant Gulliver from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726) (see Great and Small; Gulliver; Sequels by Other Hands) visits London during World War One, which he supports, and meets G K Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw, whom he bests. Most of the Satire is directed at Parliament. ...

Superboy

US tv series (1988-1991). An Alexander and Ilya Salkind Production, for syndication. Executive producer Ilya Salkind, producer Robert Simmonds. Directors included Reza S Badiyi, Colin Chilvers, Peter Kiwitt, David Grossman, David Nutter, Richard J Lewis. Writers included Fred Freiberger, Cary Bates, Mark Jones, Toby Martin, Michael Carlin and Andrew Helfer, David Gerrold. Three seasons, 78 25-minute episodes in all. Colour. / The Salkinds, who made three of the Superman movies, here ...

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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