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de Béthune, Chevalier

(?   -?   ) French author, who may or may not be related to the influential Béthune family, of Relation du Monde de Mercure (1750; trans Brian Stableford as The World of Mercury 2015) vividly describes a Mercury inhabited by various species of Aliens some of whom dwell in Cities built on rigidly geometrical Utopian lines, others of whom are winged, and all of whom are involved in exorbitantly depicted battles with each other. [JC]

Bowering, George

(1935-    ) Canadian poet, teacher and author, appointed in 2002 as the first Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada. Of his 80 or so volumes, of sf interest is the Young Adult series comprising Parents from Space (1994) and Diamondback Dog (1999), which comically involves adolescent siblings with Aliens who claim to be their (as it were, additional) parents. [JC]

Morata, Jaido

Pseudonym of UK author John Vickers (1836-?   ) used for his Utopia, The New Koran of the Pacifican Friendhood [for vts and subtitles see Checklist] (1861), which is couched as the Holy Book of the new society; conservative values prevail. Further details are supplied in a loose sequel, The Book of Bander [again see Checklist for subtitle] (1899). [JC]

City of Heroes

Videogame (2004). Cryptic Studios (CS). Platforms: Win (2004); Mac (2009). / City of Heroes was a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, set in a "four colour" Superhero world similar to that of classic Comic books from DC Comics and Marvel Comics, where virtuous Heroes were forever rescuing helpless citizens from the machinations of evil masterminds. The game design concentrated on the superpowered battles and archetypal paragons of its source materials rather than on their ...

Hughes, Dorothy B

(1904-1993) US author of hard-edged, noirish detective novels, one of which, The Delicate Ape (1944), sets a plot involving international intrigue in a Near Future version of New York. [JC]

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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