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Godwin, Francis

(1562-1633) UK bishop and author, most noted for his striking description of a lunar Utopia in the posthumously and anonymously published The Man in the Moone: Or A Discourse of a Voyage Thither by Domingo Gonsales, the Speedy Messenger (1638). There is considerable debate over the date of composition, some suggesting it was written as early as 1588 after Godwin heard Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) lecture at Oxford, though most recent theories suggest it was written shortly before his death. ...

Redgrove, Peter

(1932-2003) UK poet and author, married to Penelope Shuttle. His first work of sf interest was "Mr Waterman" for Paris Review #29 in 1963, although he contributed occasionally to New Worlds, including a fantasy poem later published as The God-Trap (1966 chap). His first novel, In the Country of the Skin (1973), is a metaphysical fantasy; he remains of sf interest mainly for his later novels, two of which – The Terrors of Dr Treviles: A Romance (1974), which involves some metaphysical ...

Cult Times

UK oversized Media Magazine printed on high-quality paper. Publisher: Visual Imagination Limited. Editors: unknown. 159 issues 1998 to 2008, plus at least three Special Editions. The schedule was generally monthly. / One of several companion titles to Starburst and TV Zone, Cult Times resembled these stablemates with, perhaps, a slightly greater emphasis on US productions. Contents included news, reviews of then-current programmes, interviews, and UK Television listings, plus advertisements ...

Gunnels, Jen

Working name of US author and genre Theatre critic Jennifer Sue Gunnels (1968-    ), who has also published relevant work under her birth name Jennifer Sue Balloon and her previous married name Jennifer Sue Moore; she has a doctorate in Theatre History and Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her book reviews began to appear in Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction in 2008, and her sf theatre reviews have been a regular feature since 2010 of The ...

Finlay, Adrianne

(?   -    ) US academic and author of two Young Adult novels of sf interest. Your One & Only (2018), set in a distant Near Future, follows the solitary life of the sole human being left after the whole of Homo sapiens has died off in a vast Pandemic (see End of the World); only Clones survive, but one female clone falls in love with the protagonist. Cut Off (2020), set much closer to the present, features a survival Television show called CUT/OFF whose ...

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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