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Clough, Brenda W

(1955-    ) US author, initially of the fantasy Averidan series, as B W Clough, beginning with The Crystal Crown (1984), and latterly of the Suburban Gods sequence, comprising How Like a God (1997) and Doors of Death and Life (2000), in which occult fantasy consorts, not entirely easily, with Near Future sf as Gilgamesh's Pearl of Immortality passes from Edwin Barbarossa (who retains his Immortality) to the protagonist, whose Psi Powers are called into use after his ...

Onley, David C

(1950-    ) Canadian television reporter (designated Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario in July 2007) whose sf novel is the Technothriller Shuttle: A Shattering Novel of Disaster in Space (1981), dealing with attempts to rescue the crew of a seriously damaged space shuttle in orbit. This concept seemed more science-fictional in 1981 than now. [DRL]


Japanese animated tv series (2002). Madhouse. Based on the Manga by CLAMP. Directed by Morio Asaka. Writers include Jukki Hanada, Genjiro Kaneko and Sumio Uetake. Voice cast includes Isshin Chiba, Kikuko Inoue, Tomokazu Sugita and Rie Tanaka. 26 25-minute episodes, plus two OVAs. Colour. / When country boy Hideki Motosuwa (Sugita) moves to Tokyo to attend Prep School, he sees his first persocoms – combined servants and Internet connections (their name derives from "personal Computer") ...

Colander, Valerie Nieman

(1955-    ) US newspaper editor, poet and author known mostly for her Young Adult novel, Neena Gathering (1988), set with some effectiveness in a balkanized post-Disaster America, though much that might seem innovative here is borrowed fairly directly from other tales set in what has become a very familiar venue. In this context, the heroine comes of age. The book was reissued under the byline Valerie Nieman, also used for the author's second novel To the Bones (2019). ...

Poyser, Victoria

Earlier name of the American artist now known as Victoria Lisi (1949-    ), and the name used for her sf art. The former wife of sf fan Kennedy "Kippy" Poyser (1945-2009), she married artist Julius Lisi in 1987 and then went by Victoria Poyser-Lisi or Victoria (Poyser) Lisi before adopting her current name. She received a BFA from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and although she has attributed her interest in sf art to her attendance at the World Fantasy ...

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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