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Djanikian, Ariel

(?   -    ) US author who is of sf interest for her first novel, The Office of Mercy (2013), a Young Adult tale set in a moderately distant Near Future world, specifically in an Underground Keep called America-Five, a name from which the existence of other versions of America, beyond the traditional Pocket Universe-like constrictions here described, may be inferred. The protagonist, perhaps unsurprisingly, leaves her home, and soon experiences the Conceptual ...

Stop Susan Williams

US tv series (1979; vt Cliffhangers: Stop Susan Williams). Universal Television for NBC-TV. Created by Kenneth Johnson. Produced by Richard Milton. Directors included Reza Badiyi, Richard S Harwood, Sigmund Neufeld Jr. Writers included Peggy Goldman, Richard Christian Matheson, Andrew Schneider. Cast includes Susan Anton, Marji Dusay (Jennifer Selden), John Hancock (Gold Tooth), T Miratt (Ti), Albert Paulsen, Michael Swan (Jack Schoengarth) and Ray Walston (Bob Richards). Thirteen 20-minute ...

Elgin, Suzette Haden

Working name of US poet, author and teacher Patricia Anne Suzette Wilkins Elgin (1936-2015) for her sf. She combined writing with a professional specialization in Linguistics, having a PhD in linguistics from the University of California, San Diego; she was a professor of linguistics at San Diego State University 1972-1980, subsequently emeritus, and published widely in her specialist field. Her sf began in May 1969 with "For the Sake of Grace" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, ...

Van Beverhoudt, O

(1871-?   ) US author in whose Melzar: A Tale of the Jericho Road (1913) a Lost Race is discovered in the deserts of northern Africa. [JC]

Barr, Densil Neve

Pseudonym of UK author Douglas Norton Buttrey (1918-1994), whose sf novel, The Man with Only One Head (1955), develops the theme of novels like Pat Frank's Mr Adam (1946): only one man (his name is Adams) is left fertile; and the subsequent moralistic World Federation set up to deal with the crisis is riddled with dissension. The effect is of offhand Satire rather than simple incompetence. [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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