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Gibson, Colin

(1933-    ) New Zealand academic, advertising copywriter, hymn-writer and author whose second novel, The Pepper Leaf: An Episode (1971), is a Near-Future sf tale set in New Zealand. Fearful of nuclear catastrophe, a small group of vegetarian nudists expose themselves to survival conditions, an exercise soon made mandatory by a sudden rise in the sea level possibly caused by World War Three. The cruel interactions of a rump of this culture, now isolated on an Island, are ...

Wagner, Z M

(?   -    ) US author of an sf Satire, One Nation Under George (2005), set in a very Near Future America (2004-2008) responding, under the leadership of George W Bush, to the post 9/11 world in terms of a (to outsiders) surreal exceptionalism. As with most satires of American Politics, reality outstripped the jokes. [JC]

Watling, George

(?   -    ) UK author of Claughton's Curtain (1994), a Technothriller set in the Near Future as the Cold War resumes with both sides attempting to create a perfect radiation shield (see Weapons), behind the shelter of which they can destroy the rest of the world. [JC]

Howes, Margaret

(1927-2008) US sf fan and author of The Wrong World (2000), in which a deracinated young man seeks his father on another planet, which may not be the right world either, and which (see Equipoise) may be a projection. [JC]

Jones, Dennis

(1945-    ) Canadian author whose first works of genre interest were Technothrillers set in the Near Future, beginning with Rubicon One (1983), which involves a threatened nuclear World War Three, Barbarossa Red (1986), which focuses on the near-to-collapse Cold War, and Winter Palace (1988), whose protagonist thwarts the eponymous scheme against civilization. More recently, Jones has turned to fantasy, with the House of the Pandragore sequence [see Checklist for titles]. ...

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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