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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 ...

de Pereyra, Diómedes

(1897-1976) Bolivian author, resident for much of his life in the USA, author of The Land of the Golden Scarabs (stories January, February-March and July-September 1928 The Golden Book Magazine as by D de Pereyra; fixup 1928). This is a Lost World novel set in Amazonian Brazil and Bolivia, where a surviving Incan civilization is discovered. The king's sister – her name, Ima-Sumac, "how beautiful" in Chequa, ...

Barclay, Linwood

(1955-    ) US-born journalist and author, in Canada from the age of four; active from the late 1970s. Most of his work has been nonfantastic, including the Zack Walker thriller sequence beginning with Bad Move (2004) and No Time for Goodbye (2007), the singleton for which he remains best-known [these titles are not listed below]. His first work of sf interest is the Young Adult Chase sequence opening ...

Greer, Gery

(1944-    ) US author, all of whose books have been written in collaboration with her husband, Bob Ruddick; her work is exclusively aimed at the younger end of the Young Adult market, and includes two series, the Max and Me sequence beginning with Max and Me and the Time Machine (1983) with Bob Ruddick, in which a piece of junk turns out to be a time machine that carries young Max (see ...


Japanese animated tv series (2011); original title Mawaru Penguindrum; vt Mawaru Pingudoramu. Brain's Base. Directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara. Written by Takayo Ikami and Kunihiko Ikuhara. Voice cast includes Miho Arakawa, Ryōhei Kimura, Subaru Kimura, Yutaka Koizumi and Marie Miyake. 24 25-minute episodes. Colour. / Himari Takakura (Arakawa) dies shortly after collapsing at an aquarium. As her brothers Shoma (R Kimura) and Kanba (S Kimura) ...

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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