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Smith, William Wye

(1827-1917) UK-born minister, teacher, journalist, poet and author, in Canada from the age of ten, active as a poet from 1850. He is of sf interest for Vetulia: or, Going to the Bottom of Things (first version August 1875 New Dominion Monthly as "First Visit to Vetulia"; full text 1880 Advertiser: rev 1891), a Utopia whose social structure is shaped around the Immortality of its inhabitants. The long publishing history of the text seems to essentially to preclude the influence of Edward ...

Jackson, G Gibbard

(1877-1935) UK author, usually of tales for boys on aeronautical subjects, and of nonfiction about air travel and other related topics; of sf interest is Arctic Air Terror (1937), a Lost Race tale set in the Yukon Territory. Within a caldera heated by volcanic action, a technologically advanced but priest-ridden civilization of "white Indians", originally from ancient Egypt, uses its helicopter-like airships and strange Weapons to attempt to protect its gold from the outer world. Unusually for ...

Thirteenth Floor, The

Film (1999). Columbia Pictures presents a Centropolis Entertainment Production. Directed by Josef Rusnak. Written by Rusnak & Ravel Centeno-Rodriguez, based on Simulacron-3 (1964) by Daniel F Galouye. Cast includes Craig Bierko, Vincent d'Onofrio, Dennis Haysbert, Gretchen Mol and Armin Mueller-Stahl. 100 minutes. Colour. / The programmers of a Virtual Reality simulation of 1937 Los Angeles discover that their own world is itself a simulation, and that its makers have infiltrated their ...

Grossman, Austin

(1969-    ) US author and Videogame designer whose debut sf novel is the Comics-based Parody Soon I Will Be Invincible (2007), told in alternating sections from the viewpoints of Mad Scientist supervillain Dr Impossible and a Cyborg superheroine. The lively narrative, set in an Alternate History of established Superhero teams, makes amusing play with related Clichés and touches on the darker side of Superpowers and super-obsessions, though without achieving or meaning ...

Maddock, Reginald

(1912-1994) UK author, mostly for Young Adult readers. His first sf novel, The Time Maze (1960), is a literate Time Travel tale whose protagonists, lost in a mysterious cave, find that its innumerable luminescent passages take them to exemplary experiences in three past eras: the time of the Dinosaurs, of Neanderthal man, and in a Neolithic community. Unusually, it is women not men who are seen to be emblematic of Evolution at work. The second paragraph of the tale paraphrases the memorable ...

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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