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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 ...

Saxon Mills, G H

(?   -?   ) UK journalist, advertising copywriter for Crawford's Advertising Agency (1920s-1940s) and author, in whose Near Future Scientific Romance, Interruption (1932), an idealist and Scientist conspire to hoax Britain into abandoning irreligion. The fiery cross they cause to manifest over Piccadilly Circus in London ...

Jensen, Van

(?   -    ) US editor, journalist, Comics scriptwriter and author, who may be best known for Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer (2009). He is more direct sf interest for his first novel, Godfall (2023), in which a huge Asteroid about to impact Earth turns out not to be an Alien Macrostructure but an actual three-mile-tall ...

Final Space

US animated tv series (2018-2021). Conaco, Jam Filled Entertainment, ShadowMachine, Studio T. Created by Olan Rogers. Executive producers include Conan O'Brien, Olan Rogers and David Sacks. Writers include Jane Becker, Alyssa Lane, Olan Rogers, David Sacks and Alex J Sherman. Directors include Ben Bjelajac, Mike Roberts. Voice cast includes Fred Armisen, Claudia Black, Ashly Burch, Keith David, Coty Galloway, Tom Kenny, Vanessa Marshall, Olan Rogers, Tika Sumpter, David Tennant and ...

Moilin, Tony

Working name of French medical doctor, politician and author Jules Antoine Moilin (1832-1871), whose socialist Utopia, Paris en l'An 2000 (1869; trans Brian Stableford as Paris in the Year 2000 2013), envisions a pedestrian-dominated Paris in 2000 CE, a metropolis whose intricate arcades, "street-galleries", walkways and civil intersections create an intimacy already (in reality) lost through Baron ...

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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