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Brown, Eric

(1960-2023) UK author who began publishing sf – after a children's play, Noel's Ark (1982 chap) – with "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in Autumn 1987; like several further tales assembled in The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories (coll 1990), it is set in a future world dominated by the effects of bio-engineering and dense with information. This marriage of Cordwainer ...

Short, Gertrude

(1902-1968) US film actor and author, none of the films she appeared in being sf; of sf interest, however, is her novel, A Visitor from Venus (1949), in which the eponymous visitor, from a Utopian Venus inhabited solely by females, comes to Earth and expresses her shock in Satirical terms at the condition of women on this planet (see Feminism). [JC]

Travis, John

(?   -    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Splintered Forest" in Phantoms for March 1997, assembled with other short fiction in Mostly Monochrome Stories (coll 2009), a title belied by the author's vivid mixing of genres and tonalities (see Horror in SF). He is of sf interest specifically for the patently Equipoisal Benji Spriteman ...

Oltion, Jerry B

(1957-    ) US author who began publishing sf in November 1982 with "Much Ado About Nothing" for Analog, the journal which published a high proportion of the twenty-five or so stories he wrote in the 1980s, many of which appear in Love Songs of a Mad Scientist: The Collected Stories of Jerry Oltion Volume One (coll 1993). He has remained a prolific short-story writer, but no second volume has appeared; With Stars in Their Eyes ...

Everything Everywhere All at Once

US film (2022; vt Ma de duochong yuzhou). AGBO, Ley Line, IAC Films, Year of the Rat, A24. Directed and written by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. Cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis, James Hong, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, Harry Shum Jr, Jenny Slate and Michelle Yeoh. 139 minutes. Colour. / Downtrodden immigrant laundromat-owner Evelyn (Yeoh) is in the midst of an IRS tax audit when her mild-mannered husband Waymond (Quan) reveals that he is, temporarily, channelling the mind of a ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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