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Peyton, Audrey

(?   -    ) UK author of Ashes (1981), a dark sf tale for Robert Hale Limited which is set in an obscurely described world devastated by Climate Change. [JC]

MacKay, Scott

(1957-    ) Canadian author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Iserman's Override" in Tesseracts3 (anth 1990) edited by Candas Jane Dorsey and Gerry Truscott (1955-    ), and began publishing moderately ambitious sf adventures with Outpost (1998), set on an alien planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) whose werewolf-like indigenous inhabitants haunt the human colonizers and offer some clue to the original First Contact centuries earlier, ...

Tea, Michelle

(1971-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Coke Call" in Noirotica 3: Stolen Kisses (anth 2000) edited by Thomas S Roche, but who had already come to wide notice with The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America (1998), a markedly transgressive memoir and analysis of queer culture, Feminism and gender issues in general, race (see Race in SF), and contemporary American civilization overall. It was fifteen years into her ...

Saramago, José

(1922-2010) Portuguese author who published as a very young man an unmemorable first novel, Terra do Pecado ["Land of Sin"] (1947), and some plays and essays over the next decades, as well as the nonfantastic Levantado do chão (1980; trans Margaret Jull Costa as Raised from the Ground 2012); but only became well-known with his third novel, Memorial do convento ["Memorial of the Convent"] (1982; trans Giovanni Pontiero as Baltasar and Blimunda 1987), a lyrical Fabulation set in an ...

Spider-Man 2

Film (2004). Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Enterprises/Laura Ziskin production. Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by Alvin Sargent, based on the Marvel Comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko. Cast includes Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Tobey Maguire and Alfred Molina. 127 minutes. Colour. / Spider-Man 2, Raimi's idiosyncratic sequel, sees Peter Parker (Maguire) deal with the problems of becoming an adult. Unable to cope with the demands of being a Superhero and of his personal life, Parker ...

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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