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Breggin, Peter

(1936-    ) US medical doctor and author who has published and broadcast controversially about psychiatry and the drug industry, whose collaboration in promulgating drug-based solutions to psychiatric and other problems he deprecates; his sf novel, After the Good War: A Love Story (1972), excoriates the use of remote-control Sex as a device to control, and to dehumanize, a Dystopian twenty-third-century America. [JC]

Wu, Frank

(1964-    ) American artist and author, although he primarily earns his living by applying knowledge garnered from his PhD in bacterial genetics to the field of patent law. As a writer, Wu has mostly published short satirical pieces, some in the Journal of Irreproducible Results, although "Worlds in Collusion: A Planetary Romance" (in Visual Journeys, anth 2007, ed Eric Reynolds) attempts to strike a more serious note in describing an unusual romance. His longest piece to ...

Caine, William

(1873-1923) UK author, almost invariably of spoofish light fiction and plays. Of greatest sf interest is The Confectioners (1906) with John Fairbairn, set in a UK transformed by the near-future Invention of a substance capable of taking any shape and function, and by the unrest this substance causes when an unscrupulous industrial magnate tries to corner its use. The narrative is conveyed with lame wit and nonsense – Caine is a poor third behind G K Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc in the ...

Hejja, Attila

(1955-2007) American artist, born in Hungary, who moved to the United States with his family at the age of two; his year of birth has also been listed as 1954. After studying under artist Harold Stevenson, Hejja launched a career as an artist and art instructor, founding the Stevenson Academy of Fine Arts to teach students in his home town of Oyster Bay, New York. His various assignments included work for NASA, the United States Air Force, and the United Nations; several covers for Popular ...

Gansky, Alton

(1953-    ) US Baptist minister, entrepreneur and author; several of his avowedly Christian novels are of sf interest, including Dark Moon (2002), in which the Moon is mysteriously stained with a kind of Sign; Angel (2007), in which a Mysterious Stranger from another planet seems to promise revelations pleasing to those of a religious bent, but who may in fact represent darker forces; and Zero-G (2007), in which a Near Future accident causes an astronaut to lose faith, until ...

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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