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Donnelly, Desmond

(1920-1974) Indian-born politician, journalist and author, in the UK from 1928, Labour MP from 1950 until he resigned the Whip in 1968, having becoming increasingly right-wing in his views (he opposed the welfare state and advocated flogging). In his Near Future sf novel, The Nearing Storm (1968), the military is forced to take over Britain. Donnelly committed suicide at Heathrow. [JC]

Cox, Luther

(1925-1977) US engineer, salesman and author whose sf novel is The Earth Is Mine (1968), in which a familiar Shaggy God Story version of the Origin of Man is outlined: we are the Post-Holocaust descendants of long-ago settlers from another planet. Exploration of this theory leads to UFO contact and a visit to the other world. [DRL/JC]

Cooper, Susan

(1935-    ) UK journalist, academic and author; in the USA from 1963. In her first novel, Mandrake (1964), which is sf, the eponymous politician takes over a distressed Near-Future England and, in mystical league with the forces of Nature, begins the process of cleansing the Earth of Man, but is stopped just in time. From that point, Cooper has written mostly fantasy, chiefly for Young Adult readers, some of it of the highest quality: in particular, The Dark Is Rising ...


Film (2013). Annapurna Pictures. Written and directed by Spike Jonze. Cast includes Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Matt Letscher, Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Pratt and Olivia Wilde. 126 minutes. Colour. / In Near Future Los Angeles (see California), a clement metropolis seemingly full of thirtysomethings absorbed by personal relationships, Theodore (Phoenix) works for, where he composes markedly empathetic messages for people who find it difficult to ...

Javor, Frank A

Working name of US author Francis Anthony Jaworski (1916-2003), who wrote an estimated 10,000 "how to" articles for service magazines; he also wrote as F A Javor. He published six stories in sf magazines in 1963 and 1964, his first such appearance being "Patriot" (August 1963 Analog); three tales were included in the Judith Merril Year's Best S-F series of anthologies. The Eli Pike series of sf novels – The Rim-World Legacy (1967; exp as coll vt The Rim-World Legacy and Beyond 1991), ...

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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