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Claretie, Jules

(1840-1913) French theatre director, drama critic and author, prolific as novelist and playwright; of sf interest is L'Obsession (Moi et l'Autre) (1908; trans Brian Stableford as Obsession 2013), whose protagonist's Identity is split in two, the divided personalities distinct along lines most vividly demarcated in Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) (see Doppelgangers). A Mad Scientist offers to cure him through his Invention of a mind-reading device (see ...

Acid Mothers Temple

Prolific Japanese space-rock band who released over fifty albums under various names in their first decade, and who specialize in prolonged shambolic improvised jam-session music. Albums include Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (1997), 41st Century Splendid Man (2002), Univers Zen, ou de zéro à zéro (2002) and Hypnotic Liquid Machine from the Golden Utopia (2004); but although there is sf content in all these it is difficult to separate it out from the ...

Lee, Yoon Ha

(1979-    ) US author whose Korean background is reflected in some of his story-shapes. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Hundredth Question" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for February 1999, and has published many stories since, in an increasingly wide range of venues; a selection of his best earlier work has been assembled as Conservation of Shadows (coll 2013). His first novel, Ninefox Gambit (2016), initiates the projected Machineries ...

Preuss, Paul

(1942-    ) US author who worked in film production for a decade before beginning to write popular-science articles. He began to publish sf with The Gates of Heaven (1980) which, with Re-Entry (1981), comprises a very loose sequence, its main linkage being the assumption that Black Holes may be used to travel through both space and time. The second volume in particular demonstrates considerable virtuosity in its presentation of a Space-Opera venue which is opened up – ...

Thurston, Robert

(1936-2021) US author and academic who attended the first Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop in 1968 and began to publish work of genre interest with "Stop Me before I Tell More", in Orbit 9 (anth 1971) edited by Damon Knight, and who was for some years known only for his short work. This is notable more for its examination of individual humans caught in social or sexual extremis than for any specific extrapolative bent, so that moments of genuine insight or threat tend to be lost in ...

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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