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Kheir, Mohamed

(1977-    ) Egyptian journalist and author whose fourth novel, Eflat Al Asabea (2018; trans Robin Moger as Slipping 2021), sophisticatedly represents a Fantastic Voyage through the riches and detritus of post 2011 Egypt via fluent weddings of the topoi of world-Fantastika: dream visions; palimpsests that create edifices of the past and the present and the future; nightmares of bureaucracy wrought to its most ludicrous; glimpses of "traditional" sf modes transacting with the ...

McKeone, Lee

(1937-2007) US author of the Ghoster sequence of Space Operas – Ghoster (1988), Backblast (1989) and Starfire Down (1991) – set in undemanding interstellar venues where human entrepreneurs may comically flourish. McKeone subsequently concentrated on Ties, including the Birthright sequence tied to the Role Playing Game and signed either Dixie McKeone or Dixie Lee McKeone. Her one solo venture, The Clone Crisis (1992), is a Space Opera involving Clones and interstellar criminal ...

Scott, Josephine

(?   -    ) UK author of erotic novels, a few of which contain some sf elements, like Time of Her Life (1993) and A Slave in Time (2006), in both of which women in search of dominant male partners engage in Time Travel to satisfy their needs. [JC]

Xenoblade Chronicles

Videogame (2011; vt Xenoblade in Japan). Monolith Soft. Designed by Tetsuya Takahashi, Koh Kojima. Platforms: Wii. / Xenoblade Chronicles is a Console Role Playing Game (see Computer Role Playing Games), much influenced by the Final Fantasy series and (especially) by one of its designer's previous works, Xenogears (1998). The game begins with a depiction of a battle between two gods at the dawn of time, before allowing the player to participate in a much later war between the intelligent ...

Taylor, Bert Leston

(1866-1921) US editor, columnist, poet and author, some of whose tales move into the fantastic, but usually to spoof targets of his mild Satire. He is most famous for his A Line o' Type or Two column for the Chicago Tribune from 1901 until his death. Of his short fiction, "The Caves of Fire" (May 1898 Black Cat) with Edward Ward describes the Invention of an electrical device which, passed through glass, is capable of viewing atoms. The Water Wagon series beginning with The Log of the Water ...

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. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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