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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Bullivant, Cecil H

(1882-1981) UK editor, scriptwriter for silent films and author. He edited The Boys' Herald, 1904-1907, publishing much of his work under various names, including Robert W Dixon, Carlton Grey, Alice Millard and Henry Turville, but most importantly Maurice Everard, which he used for the vt of The Gold of Treasure Island (1916; cut vt Spanish Gold 192? as by Maurice Everard), featuring a Lost Race in the ...

Castillo Vicci, Alberto

(1938-    ) Venezuelan author and retired professor emeritus who has published twelve books about artificial intelligence (see AI) and the fundamentals of science. His Cuentos esotéricos ["Esoteric Tales"] (coll 2008) won the Premio de Narrativa "La Tuna de Oro" presented by Casa Nacional de las Letras Andrés Bello in 2008. In this collection, he extends some logical, scientific, philosophical ...

Stallman, Robert

(1930-1980) Literary critic, professor of English at Western Michigan University, and author of the Book of the Beast trilogy, the last two books of which were published posthumously: The Orphan (1980), The Captive (1981) and The Beast (1982; vt The Book of the Beast 1982). The books are complex, sensitively written Fabulations, fitting between the generic borders of sf and ...

Ai City

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1986; vt Love City). Based on the Manga by Shuho Itahashi, aka SYUFO. Ashi Productions. Directed by Kōichi Mashimo. Written by Hideki Sonoda. Voice cast includes Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Mami Koyama, Ichirō Nagai, Nachi Nozawa, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Yuki Ueda and Takeshi Watabe. 86 minutes. Colour. / The film opens in medias res with a car chase across 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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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