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Grimwood, Jon Courtenay

Working name of Jonathan David Giles Courtenay Grimwood (1953-    ), Malta-born author who has been peripatetic though he was educated and is now resident in the UK; he has also written nonfantastic literary fiction as Jonathan Grimwood, crime thrillers as Jack Grimwood, and has adopted Courtenay Grimwood rather than the original Grimwood as his surname for at least some official purposes. After several nonfiction books in the 1980s, beginning with Mrs T's Bedside Book ...

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future

Canadian/US tv series (1987-1988). The Landmark Entertainment Group/Mattel/Ventura Pictures, Inc. Syndicated. Created by Gary Goddard and Anthony Christopher. Developed for television by J Michael Straczynski and Mark Scott Zicree. Directors include Otta Hanus, Jorge Montesi and Douglas Williams. Writers include Gerry Davis, Larry DiTillio, Michael Reaves, Straczynski, Marv Wolfman and Zicree. Cast includes Todd Dillman, Timothy Dunigan, Bruce Gary, David Hemblen, Peter MacNeill, Jessica Steen, ...

Julverne

Belgian prog-rock group with a classical chamber-music flavour, named, evidently, after Jules Verne, although the most obviously Vernean title in their discography, Le Retour du Captain Nemo (1993), is in fact a "greatest hits" collection. The band's first two albums Coulonneux (1979) and A Neuf (1981) are playful, witty and self-admittedly "Un Peu Pretentieux" ("a little pretentious", the title of a track on the second album). Later albums include the more rounded Ne Parlons Pas de Malheur ...

Smith, Mary C

(?   -    ) US-born author, resident in Nigeria, whose sf novel, The Undesirables (1998), is set in an ostensible distant Near Future plebiscitary democracy which – along lines soon to become almost mandatory in the sf literature – turns out to be a Dystopia whose undesirables, defined on Eugenic lines, live in Keep-like ghettos. When the protagonist falls in love with an undesirable, the secret services have her raped and eventually injected with ...

Kunstler, James Howard

(1948-    ) US journalist, cultural historian and author who may be best known for nonfiction studies of the contemporary American urban and suburban like The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape (1994), where he argues that suburbia is not only an inhumanely dysfunctional habitat, grotesquely and fatally dependent on the automobile to survive at all, even in the short term. A later study, The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging ...

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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