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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 ...

Leicht, Stina

(1972-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Last Drink Bird Head" in Last Drink Bird Head: Flash Fiction for Charity (anth 2009) edited by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer. Much of her work has been fantasy, including two series, the Fey and the Fallen sequence beginning with Of Blood and Honey (2011), and the Malorum Gates sequence ...

Griffin, Russell M

(1943-1986) US academic and author who began publishing sf with his first novel, The Makeshift God (1979), an ambitiously overwritten and overlong but notably intelligent romance of origins, set initially in a drab Arab-dominated marginally pre-Cyberpunk USA, and then on a planet which houses mysteriously significant data about the deep human past. Century's End (1981) takes another blackly satirical look at the ...

Ordinary Joe

US tv series (2021-2022). Production companies included 3 Arts Entertainment, Friend and Lerner Productions and Universal Television for NBC. Created by Russel Friend, Gerrett Lerner and Caleb Ransom. Executive producers include Rafi Crohn, Russel Friend and Adam Kassan. Directors include Shaz Bennett, Adam Davidson and Chris Koch. Writers include Sylvia Batey Alcala, Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner. Cast includes Elizabeth Lail, Natalie Martinez, Eric Payne, Adam Rodriguez and James ...

Goodman, Dickie

(1934-1989) US record producer who with his aspiring songwriter friend Bill Buchanan (1930-1996) launched both their careers with the comic novelty record "The Flying Saucer Parts 1 and 2" (1956). Inspired by Orson Welles's radio broadcast War of the Worlds (1938), it is credited with being the first record to use the "break-in" technique, which evolved into modern-day sampling. Buchanan and Goodman ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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