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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...


A frequent fannish term (see Fan Language), a contraction of "professional Magazine". There was once little need to define professional, although its meaning has never been as obvious as one might at first consider. However, when Science Fiction Writers of America was created in 1965 it was deemed necessary to define "professional" as a criterion of admission for its members. Likewise, by 1983, the World ...

Wright, Kirby

(?   -    ) US author of The End, My Friend: Prelude to the Apocalypse (dated 2013 but 2014), a Near Future California after central governments collapse; the protagonists trek eastwards in search of a stable world. [JC]

Countdown: The Sky's on Fire

Made-for-tv movie (1998). OTL Productions Incorporated. Directed by Dan Lerner. Written by Roderick Taylor, Bruce Taylor, Gar Anthony Hayward, based on Fatal Exposure (1991) by Michael Tobias. Cast includes Josie Bissett, Ben Browder, John Corbett, Tom Irwin and Bradley Whitford. 89 minutes. Colour. / A painfully low-budget Disaster movie, Countdown: The Sky's on Fire has little to distinguish it ...


Videogame (2009). Radical Entertainment (RE). Designed by Eric Holmes, Dennis Detwiller. Platforms: PS3, Win, XB360. / In Prototype, the hero is a Monster. In present-day Manhattan, an unknown virus is radically mutating the population, turning them into grotesque Zombie-like killers. The player's character, Alex Mercer, is a Superpowered amnesiac, 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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