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Darbyshire, Peter

(1967-    ) Canadian journalist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Roadkill Man" for On Spec in March 1995. Most of his work under his own name – including three novels, Please (2003), The Warhol Gang (2010) and I'd Never Been Shot for Real Before (2014 ebook) – presents hallucinated but essentially nonfantastic visions of urban life, though the descriptions of Virtual Reality mazes at the heart of the contemporary Media Landscape in ...

Simpson, George Gaylord

(1902-1984) US palaeontologist and author, significant for his work on the theory of Evolution; his opposition to the theory of continental drift delayed acceptance of the obvious among scientists. He is of sf interest for The Dechronization of Sam Magruder (date of composition unknown; 1996), in which through a laboratory accident the eponymous Scientist is thrown back in time (see Time Travel) without any practical or theoretical hope of return. He spends the rest of his life in the ...

Uchū Daisensō

Film (1959; vt Battle in Outer Space; vt The World of Space). Toho. Directed by Inoshiro Honda. Written by Shinichi Sekizawa, based on a story by Jojiri Okami. Cast includes Kyôko Anzai, Harold Conway, Ryô Ikebe, Hisaya Itô, Koreya Senda, Leonard Stanford, Minori Takada and Yoshio Tsuchiya. 93 minutes. Colour. / Using a destructive "freeze ray" that counteracts the force of Gravity, flying saucers from another planet (see UFOs) blow up a Space Station, bring about a train ...

Benson, Stella

(1892-1933) UK author whose first three novels, each with some transfigured autobiographical content, are set in a World War One frame. The first, I Pose (1915) is nonfantastical. In the second, This Is the End (1917), a young woman in London creates a fantasy world to retreat to, causing relatives to scour the countryside for her; but the death in combat of her brother ends her defiance. Of greater interest is her third novel, Living Alone (1919) [for fuller description see her entry in The ...

Attwood, Tony

(1947-    ) UK author, mostly of Ties, including a Doctor Who tale, The Companions of Doctor Who: Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma (1985); and Terry Nation's Blake's 7: Afterlife (1984) for the Blake's Seven television series, plus a guide to the series, Terry Nation's Blake's 7: The Programme Guide (1982; rev 1994). Attwood is not the psychologist Tony Attwood (1952-    ) who has published on Asperger's Syndrome. [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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