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Slingshot Ending

A term initially used by Kim Stanley Robinson when attempting to describe the typical ending of a Gene Wolfe tale. The Book of the New Sun (1980-1983 4vols), There Are Doors (1988) and Exodus from the Long Sun (1996) all close as their protagonists begin to move towards a goal which has been anticipated from the beginning. But they move out of frame, out of the end of the book, and the story closes as though before its proper ending. As Robert Frost said in a letter of 1 November 1927 (in ...

Nelson, Arthur A

(?   -?   ) US author of some Pulp-magazine fiction and of a Lost Race novel, Wings of Danger (January-April 1915 Adventure as "The Adventurers"; 1915), featuring an ancient Norse land called Valkyria within a volcano in East Africa. The Technology is advanced and the architecture is Asian, but the Religion is savage. King Leopold of Belgium and Cecil Rhodes of Britain vie for the territory, but it is blown up before either imperialist can seize the prize. [JC]

Rezillos, The

Scottish punk and post-punk band, notable for energetic, bright-coloured and abbreviated songs that give voice to a number of junk culture topoi, occasionally drawing on sf. "Flying Saucer Attack" and "2000AD", both on the group's debut album Can't Stand the Rezillos (1978), are characteristically effervescent and disposable. In 1980 they changed their name to "The Revillos", although they have since changed it back. Under each of these names (and occasionally, under both, as with the 1995 ...

Myers, John J

(1941-2020) US Catholic cleric, ultimately Archbishop of Newark 2001-2016, who collaborated with his friend (since childhood) Gary K Wolf on the short story "The Unhardy Boys in Outer Space" (in Amityville House of Pancakes, Volume 3, anth 2006, ed Pete S Allen) using the pseudonym Jehane Baptiste; the tale is set on the International Space Station. His second collaboration with Wolf, this time writing as Archbishop John J Myers, was the retro Space Opera Space Vulture (2008), written in ...

Rossow, William B

(1947-    ) US climatologist with NASA and author, with Marjorie Bradley Kellogg (whom see for details) of the Lear's Daughter sequence of sf novels, which have much to do with violent spasms of weather on an alien planet visited by inept human Scientists and less inept human planet-developers. [JC]

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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