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Aaronovitch, Ben

(1964-    ) UK author, initially best known for his Television involvement, whose first genre work was the script for the Doctor Who serial Remembrance of the Daleks (1988), one of the most successful adventures of that period in the series' life. Aaronovitch novelized it as Remembrance of the Daleks (1990). After the 1989 cancellation of Doctor Who, he wrote three contributions to the Doctor Who: The New Adventures series: Transit (1993), The Also People (1995) and So Vile ...

Morata, Jaido

Pseudonym of UK author John Vickers (1836-?   ) used for his Utopia, The New Koran of the Pacifican Friendhood [for vts and subtitles see Checklist] (1861), which is couched as the Holy Book of the new society; conservative values prevail. Further details are supplied in a loose sequel, The Book of Bander [again see Checklist for subtitle] (1899). [JC]

Watkins, Peter

(1935-    ) UK television and film director. Educated at Cambridge, Watkins worked in documentary films from 1959. He made a reputation with two quasidocumentaries for BBC TV, Culloden (1964) and The War Game (1965), which he novelized as The War Game (1967). He was one of the pioneers of the technique of staging historical or imaginary events as if they were contemporary and undergoing television-news coverage. The War Game (1965) adopted a cinema-verité manner to ...

Older, Malka

(1977-    ) US humanitarian worker and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Tear Tracks" in for October 2015, assembled with other tales as ... And Other Disasters (coll 2019). Her first novel, Infomocracy (2016), which initiates the Centenal Cycle, conceives the Near Future complexly-described Internet-permeated world in terms of information-dominated Politics, with every "citizen" "enabled" by a constant flow of information. On what might seem ...

Laski, Marghanita

(1915-1988) UK author, born Esther Pearl Laski (she never used her original given names); between 1958 and 1986 she was one of the most prolific contributors of material to the Oxford English Dictionary, supplying over 250,000 quotations to help establish historical usage patterns for words to be defined. Though she was not an avowed author of sf, her first novel, Love on the Supertax (1944), borders on sf in its Satirical depiction of a transformation of the UK during World War Two; her next ...

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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