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Whitehead, Colson

(1970-    ) US author, much of whose work is nonfantastic, though his first novel, The Intuitionist (1999), hovers Equipoisally between Alternate History and Fabulation in its depiction of two groups of elevator operators in conflict as to the metaphysical nature of the elevator as such; one faction plans to build an elevator unfettered to the empirical past, which will take its people – in this case Black Americans – into the future. Zone One (2011) is a Near ...

McCarthy, Wil

Working name of US engineer and author William Terence McCarthy (1966-    ) who began publishing sf with "What I Did with the OTV Grissom" for Aboriginal in May/June 1990; his first book appearance was the very thin chapbook Dirtyside Down (1991 chap dos). In his first novel, Aggressor Six (1994), which begins the two-volume Waisters sequence concluding with The Fall of Sirius (1996), thirty-fourth-century humanity is confronted by an implacable Alien race which wages ...

Algol

US Semiprozine (1963-1984) edited from New York by Andrew Porter, subtitled "The Magazine about Science Fiction". Algol began as a duplicated Fanzine but in the 1970s became an attractive printed magazine in letter-size format, published four times a year. With #34, Spring 1979, it changed its name to Starship; it ceased publication with #44, Winter/Spring 1984, its twentieth-anniversary issue. / Algol ran articles on sf and sf publishing, interviews with authors, and reviews and texts of ...

Cannell, Stephen J

(1941-2010) US television producer, actor and scriptwriter, prolific in all these areas, much involved over the years in various manifestations of The Rockford Files; some of his work is horror. Of his fiction, mostly detective thrillers, Final Victim: A Novel (1996) is a noirish Near Future sf tale in which Cyberspace is inhabited by both a killer with a telegenic personality disorder, and by the team of protagonists – each with a special power – who hunt him down just in time. ...

Mason, Colin

(1926-2020) New Zealand-born Australian journalist, politician – Senator for New South Wales 1977-1987 – and author whose Near Future sf novel, Hostage (23 July-3 August 1973 Melbourne Sun; 1973), sets the beginning of World War Three in Israel and its climax in Australia. The 2030 Spike: Countdown to Global Catastrophe (2003; rev vt A Short History of the Future – Surviving the 2030 Spike 2006) as Colin J Mason is a nonfiction exercise in Futures Studies which describes a ...

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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