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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 ...

Agriculture

It is not a subject that naturally lends itself to dramatic storytelling, but agriculture is nonetheless the activity that has long been the primary source of food for humans, and it will likely remain essential, in one form or another, in the future. Thus, some sf writers who look beyond heroic adventures to more broadly consider the future fate of humanity have addressed this mundane but vital profession. Sf stories about agriculture can be roughly categorized as follows: depictions of ...

Maddux, Rachel

(1912-1983) US author best known for nonfantastic work like A Walk in the Spring Rain (1966) and who began publishing work of genre interest with "Turnip's Blood" for Story Magazine in 1936. In The Green Kingdom (1957), a Lost World tale, a mysterious enclave serves as a kind of echo chamber that amplifies the interactions of the five bewildered protagonists trapped in the unknown. Some of the stories assembled as ...

Blake, Sarah

(1984-    ) US poet and author, active since around 2010 in the former capacity. Her first novel Naamah (2019) tells the story of the Biblical Flood from the viewpoint of Noah's wife; ingenious interpreters of the Bible suggest that a named female, Naamah or Na'amah, the sister of Tubal-Cain (Genesis 4.22), was Noah's wife: that (despite this exegetical palaver) she goes nameless on the Ark may explain some of the redemptive urgency of Blake's tale. ...

Daniel, Mark

Working name of UK author Mark Daniel Fitzgeorge-Parker (1954-    ) whose first novel, The Laughing Man (1984), is a political thriller set in the Near Future with little or no speculative content; Chocky's Challenge (1986) is a tie to Chocky's Challenge (1986 6parts), a Thames Television sequel to John Wyndham's Chocky (March 1963 ...

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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