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Rawson, Jane

(?   -    ) Australian journalist, editor and author whose first novel, A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists (2013), allows some gonzo rhapsody to enliven her portrait of late twentieth-century California, but does not quite venture into the fantastic. Formaldehyde (2015) is a rare recent example of Absurdist SF, though laced with Magic Realism, with issues of Identity acidly evocative of the work of Franz Kafka in an occasionally unfocused Near Future ...

Davies, Paul

(1946-    ) UK physicist, science writer and sf author whose scientific nonfiction is perhaps more distinguished than his sf. His novel Fireball (1987) has Antimatter pellets impacting Earth and creating chaos; although their actual source is an Alien spacecraft, they are interpreted by the USA as a Soviet weapon. The ideas are interesting, the thriller elements routine. However, his academic science books, signed P C W Davies, and his popular science books, signed Paul ...

Short, Dorothy Dudley

(?   -?   ) UK editor and author whose Judy and the Magic Rocket (1933 chap) is an educational Science Fantasy in which a kindly mage gives the eponymous young girl a guided tour of the Moon, Mars and Venus, followed by Time Travel back to the creation of the solar system. [JC]

Short Circuit

Film (1986). Turman-Foster/Tri-Star. Directed by John Badham. Written by S S Wilson, Brent Maddock. Cast includes Steve Guttenberg, Brian McNamara, Ally Sheedy and Fisher Stevens. 98 minutes. Colour. / Military Robot Number Five, a prototype killing machine, is struck by lightning which endows it with sentience. It escapes from evil Nova Robotics, finding refuge with nice animal-lover Stephanie (Sheedy), who assumes it to be an Alien. It educates itself and is winsome. When she finds it is ...

Star Trek: Nemesis

Film (2002). Paramount. Directed by Stuart Baird. Written by John Logan; story Rick Berman & Spiner & Logan. Cast includes LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Tom Hardy, Gates McFadden, Dina Meyer, Ron Perlman, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart. 116 minutes. Colour. / A youthful but physically and morally damaged clone (Hardy) of Enterprise commander Picard establishes himself as a warlord on Romulan sibling-world Remus, from where he seizes control of Romulus ...

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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