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Wilson, Snoo

(1948-2013) UK playwright and author, born Andrew James Wilson, whose sf novels Spaceache (1984) and Inside Babel (1985) comprise a short series of Satires whose targets are contemporary Politics and culture. Unfortunately, his use of sf instruments is significantly less competent than can be found in some more conventional Mainstream Writers of SF; his attempt to make surrealist fun of Space Opera in Spaceache founders on his manifest ignorance of its well-understood Clichés, its ...

Wenzel, Kurt

(1965-    ) US author whose third novel, Exposure (2007), is set in a Near Future 2017 Hollywood (see California), an ad-drenched Media Landscape, including MIBs (Moving Image Billboards) through which stalk the apparent Avatars of dead Cinema stars. The Satire is sharp, though perhaps insufficiently radical – MIBs were common only a few years after 2007 – for the tale to instil much salutary dread. [JC]

Man with the Power, The

Made-for-tv film (1977). Universal Television for NBC-TV. Produced by Allan Baltar and Rod Holcombe. Directed by Nicholas Sgarro. Written by Baltar. Cast includes Persis Khambatta, Bob Neil and Tim O'Connor. 93 minutes. Colour. / US government agent Walter Bloom (O'Connor) recruits Eric Smith (Neil) to help foil an assassination plot against the visiting Indian princess Siri (Khambatta). Smith's father, it is revealed, was actually an Alien from an unidentified planet, making Smith a hybrid ...

Dystopias

The word "dystopia" is the commonly used antonym of "eutopia" (see Utopias) and denotes that class of hypothetical societies containing images of worlds worse than our own. An early user of the term was John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), in a parliamentary speech in 1868, but its recent fashionableness probably stems from its use in Quest for Utopia (1952) by Glenn Negley (1907-1988) and J Max Patrick (1908-?   ). Anthony Burgess argued in 1985 (1978) that "cacotopia" would be a more ...

Black, Pansy E

(1890-1957) US stenographer and short story author, born Pansy Ellen Beach, whose two stories for Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series are located in Australia. The Valley of the Great Ray (1930 chap) is a Lost Race tale set in the desert, while The Man from the Meteor (1932 chap) features invading Aliens who also hole up in the Australian interior. In each case, Rays destroy the hidden civilization. [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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