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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 ...

Holmes and Yo-Yo

US tv series (1976). Heyday Parody, Universal Television Studios, ABC Television Network. Created by Lee Hewitt and Jack Sher. Produced by Arne Sultan. Directors included Jack Arnold and Noam Pitlk; starring John Shuck, Richard B Shull, Bruce Kirby, Andrea Howard. Written by Sultan, John Landis and Richard Freiman. Thirteen 25-minute episodes. Colour. / Detective Alexander Holmes (Shull) has the unfortunate habit of always having his partners either ...


An sf Convention held for the most part annually in the greater Boston region of Massachusetts, founded in 1987 by Bob Colby and Eric Van, and (unusually) run by a revolving committee (including for several years both Colby and Van). Readercon has from the beginning maintained a loose association with the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA), but is not organizationally linked with that group, or other regional conventions run by NESFA, like Boskone. ...

Ness, Patrick

(1971-    ) US author, in UK from 1999; though his work has mostly been designed for relatively mature Young Adult readers, two at least are not. His first novel, The Crash of Hennington (2003), imports a herd of rhinos to an American seaside town, where they take up long-term residence, and strange events ensue (see Equipoise; Magic Realism). The Crane Wife ...

Cleopatra in Space

US animated tv series (2019-2021). DreamWorks Animation. Based on the graphic novels by Mike Maihack. Directors include Jayson Thiessen and Scooter Tidwell. Writers include Lindsay Kerns and Belinda King. Executive Producers include Doug Langdale. Voice cast includes Katie Crown, Jorge Diaz, Lilimar Hernandez, Jonathan Kite, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Kari Wahlgren. 26 21-minute episodes. Colour. / In Ancient Egypt the teenaged Cleopatra VII ...

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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