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Daniel, Yuli

(1925-1988) Russian author who wrote as Nikolai Arzhak, under which name in the early 1960s he published his stories abroad, without permission. After he was found guilty in a 1966 show trial of "anti-Soviet activity" for the writings published in book form later that year as Ici Moscou (coll trans anon 1966; trans Stuart Hood, Harold Shukman and John Richardson as This Is Moscow Speaking, and Other Stories 1968), he and his friend and fellow dissident, Andrey Sinyavsky, were imprisoned for ...

Goodwin, John C

(1891-1951) UK author of several popular books on crime and criminals, and of The Rainbox (1935), an Invention tale about a rain-making device. [JC]

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

US professional Online Magazine run by Scott H Andrews and published under the auspices of Firkin Press, Reston, Virginia. It has been published fortnightly since 9 October 2008, passing its 100th issue on 26 July 2012 and its 300th on 9 April 2020. / Beneath Ceaseless Skies specializes in Secondary World [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] Fantasy fiction. However, its remit is broad: according to its own website, these secondary worlds may be "different in terms of zoology ...

Hughes, Rian

(?   -    ) UK Comics and Graphic Novel illustrator, graphic designer, typographer and author, active from the early 1980s, his first graphic novel being The Science Service (graph 1987) with John Freeman; some of his early work was for sf comics like 2000 AD and Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future. / Hughes is perhaps of strongest sf interest for his much later novels. XX: A Novel, Graphic (2020) takes its inception from a possible First Contact ...

Conspiracy X

Role Playing Game (1996). New Millenium. Designed by Rick Ernst, Shirley Madewell, Chris Pallace. / The game of Conspiracy X shares much with its rather more haunting contemporary Delta Green (1997) (see Call of Cthulhu). Player characters are agents for a secretive organization known as Aegis which defends present day America against paranormal threats, frequently of extraterrestrial origin. The most obvious influence is the television series The X-Files (1993-2002), though Conspiracy X is ...

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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