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Ransom, Bill

(1945-    ) US author who has worked as a medic and as a firefighter. His early writing was poetry, with several volumes released from Finding True North & Critter (coll 1974 chap) onward. He began publishing sf anonymously with "Songs of a Sentient Flute" in Analog for February 1979, a collaboration with Frank Herbert published as by Herbert alone: Ransom wrote the first draft at Herbert's ...

Wallace, King

(?   -?   ) US author whose sf novel, The Next War: A Prediction (1892), not untypically for its time and place of origin, plays on white racial fears of Black uprisings in the Near Future (see Race in SF). In this case, after failing to Poison all American whites, the Blacks lose the ensuing rebellion and disperse into the hinterlands, where they become ...

Jarman, Heather

(?   -    ) US author associated with the Star Trek universe; her contributions include Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Mission: Gamma Book Two: This Gray Spirit (2002), the novel-length "Andor: Paradigm" (in Star Trek: Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume One, anth 2004, ed anon), and Star Trek Voyager: String Theory, Book III: Evolution (2006). [JC]

Franklin, Alfred

(1830-1917) French librarian, historian and author whose Les Ruines de Paris en 4875: Documents officiels et inédits (1875; trans Brian Stableford as "The Ruins of Paris in 4875" in Investigations of the Future [anth 2012 pod]) describes an expedition in 4875 from New Caledonia to the ruins of Paris (see Ruins and Futurity), which has been destroyed by a great undescribed ...


US tv series (2022-current). Endeavour Content / Red Hour Films, distributed by Apple TV+. Created by Dan Erickson. Directed by Ben Stiller and Aoife McArdle. Written by Dan Erickson. Other writers are Andrew Colville, Kari Drake, Anna Ouyang Moench, Amanda Overton, Helen Leigh and Chris Black. Cast includes Patrician Arquette, Michael Chernus, Zach Cherry, Dichen Lachman, Britt Lower, Adam Scott, Tramell Tillman, Jen Tullock, John Turturro and Christopher Walken. Nine 40-57 minute ...

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 ...

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