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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 ...

Military SF

War and especially Future War are enduring sf themes. The melodramatic excesses of Space-Opera warfare faded with the pulps, although they were never to die out entirely. Complementing such extravagance, there grew up a more disciplined and more realistic notion of the kind of armies which might fight interplanetary and interstellar wars, and the kinds of Weapons they might use. ...

Kingsmill, Hugh

Working name of UK author and anthologist Hugh Kingsmill Lunn (1889-1949), who spent part of World War One in a prison camp, and who remains best known for An Anthology of Invective and Abuse (anth 1929). The Dawn's Delay (coll 1924) contains "The End of the World", of interest for its vision of a solar system populated by various species (see End of the World), and "W.J.", about a ...

Page, Spider

Pseudonym of US author Donald Graham Cormack (1909-2002), active in the Pulp magazines beginning with his first recorded sale "Revolt of the Circus Freaks" (October/November 1938 Horror Stories); his Blue Steel #1: The Ultimate Answer to Evil (1979) had originally been written as "Slaughter, Inc" in 1943 to continue the Spider sequence (see Norvell W Page) in Spider, but was not printed then due to ...

King Kong [magazine]

UK tabloid-size Cinema magazine. Published by Sportscene Publishers Limited. No editor named. One undated issue 1977. / One of several one-issue publications which capitalized on the remade King Kong (1976), this magazine was primarily a large poster when unfolded. Also included were some articles about the various films featuring the titular creature since the original King Kong (1933); ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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