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Sykes, S C

(1943-2005) US author of a tie in the U.S.S.A. sequence, U.S.S.A., Book 3 (1987), in which high-school students continue to oppose Near-Future totalitarian oppression. Red Genesis (1991), #1 in the Byron Preiss Visual Productions line of otherwise unconnected novels whose sequence title is The Next Wave, deals with the colonization of Mars. [JC]

Journal des Voyages, Le

French magazine which began as Sur Terre et sur Mer (1875-1877) and then took on its full title, Le Journal des Voyages et des aventures de terre et de mer from July 1877; it usually appeared on a weekly basis, with 2290 issues over its run, finishing in 1949. Set up in competition with Jules Hetzel's Voyages Extraordinaires, it featured Fantastic Voyages and other categories of action sf by authors like Louis Boussenard, Capitaine Danrit, Paul D'Ivoi and others. [JC]

Cooney, Michael

(1921-    ) Irish author of two Near Future novels, Doomsday England (1967) and Ten Days to Oblivion (1968), which predict the dire consequences of allowing any relaxation of vigilance against the foe, which is in this case Communism. [JC]

Mori Hiroshi

(1957-    ) Prolific Japanese author and model-maker, who gave up youthful Manga illustration under the name Mori Muku to specialize in rheology (the flow of viscous plastics). He became an associate professor in engineering at Nagoya University before quitting in 2005 to become a full-time author of prose fiction. Mori is largely known as a thriller writer in Japan, usually with scientific themes recalling the detective mysteries of Isaac Asimov, and titles that often pun ...

Straus, Ralph

(1882-1950) UK author who also published as by Ralph Strode; his only sf novel, The Dust which Is God: An Undimensional Adventure (1907 chap), confronts a frustrated scientist (see Mad Scientist) whose mentor from another Dimension serves as his Virgilian guide on a tour of various exemplary planets (see Cosmology; Utopia), where he learns that the goal of Evolution – which is to say "the Evolution of the superman" (see Superman) – is to realize the god within us. That this tale was ...

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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