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Geis, Richard E

(1927-2013) US author, editor and sf fan, best known since 1953 for producing and contributing significantly to a fanzine, Psychotic, and later a Semiprozine, The Alien Critic, both of which were, confusingly, at different times known as Science Fiction Review. He has published other Fanzines. His vigorously anti-highbrow judgements were for a long time influential in the sf field; between 1969 and 1983 he six times won a Hugo for Best Fanzine and a further seven times for Best Fan Writer, the ...

Musgrave, David

(1973-    ) UK artist and author whose first novel, Lambda (2022), is set in an Alternate World version of London co-inhabited by humans and lambdas, the latter being extremely tiny aquatic mammals, unregistered immigrants who establish a Wainscot Society in an unexpectedly welcoming United Kingdom. Sadly, a bombing unconnected to the lambdas excites the British into a destructive frenzy of hatred (see Imperialism; Race in SF). / Musgrave should not be confused with the ...

Gurren Lagann

Japanese animated tv series (2007). Original title Tengen Toppa Guren Ragan. Gainax. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. Written by Kazuki Nakashima. Voice cast includes Narushi Ikeda, Marina Inoue, Tetsuya Kakihara, Katsuyuki Konishi and Masaya Onosaka. 27 24-minute episodes. Colour. / After the leader of the Underground village of Gihal mocks the claim of teenager Kamina (Konishi) that there is a surface world, Gihal is attacked by a Mecha. With the help of gun-toting Yoko (Inoue), Kamina and ...

Dean, Howard

(1948-    ) Zimbabwean expert in labour law and author who studied sociology at the University College of London (Rhodesia) [now University of Zimbabwe] and marketing and sales at London School of Commerce and Industry. He worked as training adviser to the Rhodesia and then Zimbabwe National Police Commissioners (1977-1984) and the consultant director for the Institute of Personnel Management in Harare (1986-2000). Co-wrote and published books on public speaking, aspects of ...

Kupstas, Marcia

(1957-    ) Brazilian teacher and author whose Young Adult É Preciso Lutar! ["It is Necessary to Fight"] (1988) delineates a world (see Politics) where injustice must be combatted. O demônio do computador ["The Computer Devil"] (coll of linked stories 1997) features what may be Virtual-Reality avatars of H P Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, who seem to force visitors into their Zone to listen to, and consequently become part of, terrifying stories. [JC]

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. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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