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Macey, Peter

(?   -    ) UK research chemist and author whose routine sf novels are Stationary Orbit (1974), in which the alien intelligence turns out to be a local dolphin (see First Contact), Distant Relations (1975) and Alien Culture (1977), which features Invasion by intelligent microbes. [PN]

Stasis Field

A variation on the traditional sf Force Field which provides an advanced form of Suspended Animation, first introduced in Robert A Heinlein's Beyond This Horizon (April-May 1942 Astounding as by Anson MacDonald; 1948). Time does not pass within such a field and its living contents will emerge, when the field ceases to operate, without any perception of duration. In the comic Utopia of Robert Sheckley's "A Ticket to Tranai" (October 1955 Galaxy), wives are placed in stasis when not required ...

Roberson, Chris

(1970-    ) US publisher and author, who founded Clockwork Storybook, a print-on-demand (pod) publisher, in 2000, through which he published his first books, Voices of Thunder (coll 2000), Cybermancy Incorporated (coll of linked stories 2001), and the first of his Celestial Empire sequence most of whose episodes are set in an Alternate History dominated by a China that had never isolated itself from the rest of the world. The sequence continues with Set the Seas on Fire ...

Jókai, Mór

Working name of Hungarian author, born Móric Jókay de Ásva (1825-1904), who sometimes published as Maurus Jókai, the dominant literary figure of nineteenth-century Hungary, centrally involved in establishing Hungarian as a "respectable" literary language, almost at the same time that the Finn, Elias Lönnrot (1802-1884), performed a similar task for his own related Uralic tongue with his "translation" of the Kalevala (1835; exp 1849). In the nineteenth century, ...

Adams, Richard

(1920-2016) UK author who became instantly famous with his first novel, Watership Down (1972), a long, grave, well-crafted Animal Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], written ostensibly for children but clearly accessible to adults as well; it was followed by the pendant titles The Watership Down Film Picture Book (1978), which retells the same story as adapted for the animated film Watership Down (1978) directed by Martin Rosen, and Tales from Watership Down (coll ...

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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