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Smith, Stef

(?   -    ) Scottish playwright, several of whose plays edge into the fantastic, including Human Animals (performed 2016; 2016), where the Ecological crises created by Homo sapiens are seen through an unconcerted but threatening Invasion of urban areas by wildlife. Of more direct sf interest is Girl in the Machine (performed 2017; 2017), in which mandatory micro-transponders implanted beneath the skin turn humans into transactable fungibles, while giving them ...

Crispin, A C

(1950-2013) US author, married to Michael Capobianco, who was first known as a competent author of Ties. These include several for the various Star Trek sub-universes, beginning with Yesterday's Son (1983) and its direct sequel Time for Yesterday (1988); three titles in the "V" sequence, beginning with V (1984) (see "V"); a Star Wars sequence, the Star Wars: Han Solo trilogy beginning with Star Wars: Han Solo: The Paradise Snare (1997); plus a few singleton ties. In 2013 she was honoured as a ...

Arkham Sampler, The

US "little" magazine, review size (9 x 6 in; about 230 x 150 mm), quarterly, eight issues, Winter 1948 to Autumn 1949, published by Arkham House, edited by August Derleth. An offshoot of Arkham House's book-publishing activities, Arkham Sampler was as much a literary review as a fantasy magazine, incorporating both essays and reviews as well as fiction, a small amount of which was reprinted from obscure sources. Amongst the original fiction, besides Derleth's own work, were stories by Robert ...

Plauger, P J

(1944-    ) US physicist and author, involved professionally in computers. He began publishing sf with "Epicycle" for Analog in November 1973, and is best known for "Child of All Ages" (March 1975 Analog), about an immortal woman (see Immortality) who perpetually retains the body of a child (see Children in SF). Plauger won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Author in 1975. / The novel-length Fighting Madness (in Analog Annual, anth 1976, ed Ben Bova; 2015 ebook) and ...

Battle Angel

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1993). Original title Gunnm. Based on the Manga by Yukito Kishiro. Madhouse. Directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi. Written by Akinori Endō. Voice cast includes Shigeru Chiba, Miki Itō, Shunsuke Kariya, Mami Koyama and Kappei Yamaguchi. Two 30-minute episodes. Colour. / The aerial City of Zalem dumps its factory waste and other detritus onto the surface below, around which has grown Scrap Iron City. Many its inhabitants are heavily Cyborged, whilst ...

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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