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Frazer, Shamus

Working name of UK author James Ian Arbuthnot Frazer (1912-1966), whose first sf novel, Acorned Hog (1933), depicts a socialist Dystopia established in a Near Future Britain where the universities are closed and students sent back to the soil; by the end of the tale, however, a restored monarchy turns to a savage feudalism, with all industry peremptorily banned to America; the Satire is ...

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Film (2004). Paramount Pictures, Brooklyn Films II, Riff Raff Film Productions. Directed by Kerry Conran. Written by Kerry Conran. Cast includes Trevor Baxter, Omid Djalili, Michael Gambon, Angelina Jolie, Jude Law, Bai Ling, Gwyneth Paltrow and Giovanni Ribisi. 106 minutes. Colour. / 1939. Arriving from Europe in an Alternate World New York as dusk deepens, the great Airship ...

Brians, Paul

(1942-    ) US academic, currently Emeritus Professor of English at Washington State University since he retired in 2008, and author of the notable specialist Bibliography Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984 (1987), which summarizes more than 800 World War Three and short-term Post-Holocaust fictional scenarios, many directly depicting ...

Wheldon, David

(1950-    ) UK physician and author whose first novel, The Viaduct (1983), is typical of his work in general through its treatment of our Perceptions of reality as essentially indeterminable; for the released prisoner at the heart of this tale, the eponymous viaduct insecurely serves as a kind of threshold, perhaps into another Dimension. The Course of Instruction (1984) entangles its ...

Toltz, Steve

(1972-    ) Australian author whose first novel, A Fraction of the Whole (2008), grazes against elements of the fantastic (see Fantastika), rather in the manner of the early Peter Carey; the protagonist's essentially fraud-based election as Prime Minister of Australia evokes sf tales set in the very Near Future. Quicksand (2015) is also told in a ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...



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