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Conapt

In sf Terminology, an apartment in a high-rise building. Conapts often feature what is effectively a complete life-support system, so that even when they are in a densely populated city their inhabitants are often seen to be isolated from other people. A conapt is often assumed to be in a city consisting of high-rise buildings, each one highly populated, but with the buildings themselves not necessarily crowded together, and sometimes separated by parkland. ...

Arthur C Clarke Award

This award has been given since 1987 for the best sf novel whose UK first edition was published during the previous calendar year, and consists of an inscribed bookend and a sum of money from a grant initially donated by Arthur C Clarke. In 2001 the prize money – until then a constant £1000 – was increased to £2001 as a gesture to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); it has since risen by ...

Trevayne, Emma

(?   -    ) US author whose work is restricted to works for younger child and for the Young Adult market, beginning with the Coda sequence comprising Coda (2013) and Chorus (2014), set in a Near Future Dystopia; the young protagonist, armed with Music, subverts the tyranny in charge in time to save the ...

Stauber, Katy

(1976-    ) US author whose first novel, Revolution World (2011), is a Hard SF tale set in a Near Future America after the full effects of Climate Change; the protagonist, whose advances in Genetic Engineering are coveted by a combination of international corporation and a corrupt military, leads her into a ...

Metzl, Jamie

(1968-    ) US entrepreneur and author whose Rich Azadian series beginning with Genesis Code (2014) features a Near Future rightwing conspiracy to manipulate the American Political scene of 2023 and ensure the election of a demagogue to the presidency. Star reporter Rich Azadian, and his cadre of tech-smart collaborators, are drawn into this conspiracy through the unsolved mass murders of ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...



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