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Kohda, Claire

(?   –     ) UK author whose first novel, Woman, Eating (2022), sophisticatedly examines the dilemmas – social, sexual (see Sex), philosophical – that must be faced by a Vampire in the contemporary world. The protagonist of the tale, whose father is Japanese and mother half-British half-Malaysian, seems well placed both to be impacted by her condition (see Race in SF) and ultimately to profit from it. The argument of the tale seems to be ...


The following genre-related awards receive detailed individual entries in this encyclopedia: / Aelita Award (Russia) Andre Norton Award: see Nebula. Arthur C Clarke Award (for novels) British Fantasy Award (1966-1969) BSFA Award Carnegie Medal (listing confined to winners of sufficient sf relevance to have entries in this encyclopedia) Chesley Awards (for art and illustration) Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award (for first novels) Cordwainer Smith ...

Nisbet, Hume

(1849-1923) Scottish actor, painter, teacher and author, intermittently in Australia from 1865 – where much of his non-fantastic fiction is set – though he spent most of his life in England. He wrote at least forty-five novels, some of which are fantasy or sf, beginning with Ashes: A Tale of Two Spheres (1890; vt Wasted Fires 1902), a rather metaphysical assault on the world of publishing, set in an imaginary city morally contaminated by an art editor who incarnates Baal-Moloch; and ...

Barre, Daniel

(?   -?   ) Probably pseudonymous UK author of The King's Messenger: A Wonderful Long Complete Story (1915), in which a Lost World, whose giant Black ruler has military ambitions, is discovered through a six-mile tunnel, and its sequel, The Great White Chief: A Powerful Long Romance (1915); the location is Africa, the Lost Race turns out to be one of the Lost Tribes of Israel, who are now Moon Worshippers (see Moon); but God – through the agency of the ...

Something Is Out There

1. Film (1977); vt of The Day of the Animals. / 2. US/Australian tv miniseries (1988). CPT Holdings/Hoyts for NBC. Executive producers Frank Lupo, John Ashley. Directed by Richard Colla. Written Lupo. Cast includes Joe Cortese, Maryam d'Abo and George Dzundza. Two 100-minute episodes. / This sometimes exciting, often threadbare policier pits a tough Earth cop (Cortese) and a marooned, telepathic medical officer (d'Abo) from an Alien Prison Spaceship – she looks both human and ...

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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