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Crace, Jim

Working name of UK journalist and author James Crace (1946-    ), who began publishing fantasy with "Annie, California Plates" in The New Review for June 1974. His first novel, Continent (coll of linked stories 1986), is a Fabulation set on an imaginary southern continent in an otherwise present-day world; it won the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize and the David Higham Prize. Crace's spare narrative – the novel comprises six independent ...

Matrix Revolutions, The

Film (2003). Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment presents a Silver Pictures production. Andy (now Lilly) Wachowski and Larry (now Lana) Wachowski. Cast includes Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith and Hugo Weaving. 124 minutes. Colour. / The conclusion to the Matrix franchise continues the narrative of The Matrix Reloaded (2003): the machines reach Zion and an epic battle breaks out, while Neo and ...

Scott, G Firth

(circa 1862-1935) Scottish journalist and author, in Australia from the 1880s until sometime before World War One, then in England. Most of his fiction is nonfantastic, though he remains best-known for The Last Lemurian: A Westralian Romance (Christmas 1896 The Golden Penny Magazine as "Tor Ymmot, Queen of Lemuria"; exp 1898), a Lost Race tale whose explorer protagonist discovers the Underground remains of Lemuria (see Theosophy) in the heart of the Australian outback. The land is inhabited by ...

Tonkin, Peter

(1950-    ) UK best known for the Mariner sequence of nonfantastic contemporary maritime thrillers, and Master of Defense sequence of nonfantastic thrillers set in Elizabethan times [neither series is listed below]; he is of some sf interest for his first novel, Killer (1979), about an unprecedentedly savage killer whale (see Horror in SF); The Journal of Edwin Underhill (1981) is a Vampire tale; Iceberg (1994), which is in the Mariner sequence, is a Technothriller involving ...

Powell, Gerald

Working name of UK author William Gerald Howell Powell Edwards (1891-1955). His All Things New (1926) is an sf tale in which a Scientist, through the power of his Inventions, successfully ends all War. [JC]

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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