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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 ...

Baird, Thomas

(1923-1990) US art historian, a lecturer with the Frick Collection 1954-1957, latterly a professor of art; his several well-received novels, beginning with Triumphal Entry (1962), often dealt with art history; none of this early work contained any significant element of the fantastic, but Where Time Ends (1988) is a Young Adult tale of some interest set in a Near Future world threatened by biological ...

Rathbone, Julian

(1935-2008) UK author – a great-nephew of the actor Basil Rathbone (1892-1967) – who concentrated almost exclusively on detective and historical fiction, but whose Trajectories (1998) is a movingly deracinated take on the UK of 2035, a Dystopia in which ethnic minorities are oppressed, travel restricted, and all media are under the control of central government (see Media Landscape). That this portrait ...


Film (1981). NEF-Diffusion/Stella/Antenne 2/Gibe/Telecip. Directed by Christian de Chalonge. Written by de Chalonge, Pierre Dumayet, based on Malevil (1972; trans 1974) by Robert Merle. Cast includes Robert Dhéry, Jacques Dutronc, Michel Serrault, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Jacques Villeret. 119 minutes. Colour. / This moderately lavish Franco-German Post-Holocaust movie reinforces the ...

Whitmore, Arvella

(1922-2020) US teacher and author of novels for younger readers and the Young Adult market whose Trapped Between the Lash and the Gun: A Boy's Journey (1999) follows the ordeal of a contemporary African American teenager who is transported by Time Travel into the nightmare of Slavery-ridden antebellum America, from which he must escape. [JC]

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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