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Ecuador

To describe what is being done in the field of science fiction in Ecuador one must consider the early Fantasy literature, then the Scientific Romances of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, continuing to Science Fiction in the present. / The roots of science fiction in Ecuador are in Utopian texts written after the arrival of the Spanish in America. In these works myth is mixed with fantasy. The myths of El Dorado, where there are perfect and idyllic cities with buildings ...

Scott, Deborah

(?   -    ) US teacher and author of the Young Adult California Kid sequence comprising The Kid Who Got Zapped through Time (1997) and The California Kid Fights Back (1998), in which the Kid is sent by his Computer by Timeslip to mediaeval England, which he disdains, and when he is sent back again, in the second volume, hates all the more. Things are primitive there. [JC]

Identity Exchange

The two-way version of Identity Transfer (which see). Although less plausible than one-way transfer in which the victim's personality is destroyed or suppressed, such identity swaps have a satisfying narrative neatness. The exchange of bodies and resulting forced education in another's viewpoint presents opportunities for Humour, exploited in such popular novels as F Anstey's Vice Versâ, or A Lesson to Fathers (1882; rev 1883), filmed at least twice as Vice Versa (1948) directed by Peter ...

Richards, Charles Napier

(?   -?   ) UK author of an sf novel, Atalanta; Or, Twelve Months in the Evening Star (1909), whose five protagonists experiment in Space Flight with a ship whose complex new Power Source – the Invention of one of them – works as an Antigravity device. They reach Venus, one hemisphere of which is permanently dark, the other light, and which is inhabited (see Life on Other Worlds) by gorilla-like subhumans (see Apes as Human), but also by scientifically ...

McCoy, Max

(1958-    ) US journalist and author whose novel – Jesse: A Novel of the Outlaw Jesse James (1999), in which the outlaw survives to tell his story to Mark Twain – veers close to Alternate History. Of his other work, a series of Ties to the Indiana Jones Shared World series, derived from but not replicating the film stories, begins with Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone (1995), intelligently applying Pulp-magazine idioms to tales with sf content; the third ...

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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