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Divya, S B

(?   -    ) Indian-born engineer, editor, anthologist and author, in America since the age of five, who has also worked as by Divya Breed; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Strange Attractors" in Daily Science Fiction for June 2014, assembling this tale with a wide range of other work, mostly set in high-tech Near Future worlds, as Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse and Other Possible Situations (coll 2019). Runtime (2016), a novella, ...

Speight, E E

(1871-1949) UK teacher, publisher and author, most of whose adult life was spent fulfilling academic roles in Japan and India. Most of his work as an author is nonfiction, usually textbooks designed for use, mostly for Indian students. Of sf interest is The Galleon of Torbay [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1908), a Lost Race tale in which a group of settlers from Torbay, Devon are lost deep in America beyond Virginia, and establish a civilization in conjunction with survivors of the Toltec ...

Rockwood, Roy

A House Name used on Juvenile Series published by several firms, including Cupples & Leon, The Mershon Company and George Sully, but all titles from 1906 onwards were generated by The Stratemeyer Syndicate; Edward Stratemeyer, as usual, provided outlines for his authors to work from, and probably wrote at least two of the early titles himself. The first Roy Rockwood series was the Deep Sea sequence of adventures, featuring sea monsters and the like and containing some sf content; gradually ...


Film (2003). Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures present a Davis Entertainment Company/Lion Rock production in association with Solomon/Hackett Productions. Directed by John Woo. Written by Dean Georgaris, based on "Paycheck" (June 1953 Imagination) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Paul Giamatti and Uma Thurman. 119 minutes. Colour. / Michael Jennings (Affleck) makes a living as an engineer by performing illegal jobs and then having his memories of the ...

Benjamin, Chloe

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, The Anatomy of Dreams (2014), edges into the fantastic through its protagonists' obsessive quest to acquire lucid dreaming skills (see Virtual Reality), guided and perhaps deluded by a shamanic researcher. / The Immortalists (2018) similarly engages its four protagonists – who in 1969 have had their futures told by a psychic capable of actual Precognition – in quests for meaning; of greatest sf interest ...

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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