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Gafla, Ofir Touché

(1968-    ) Israeli author whose first novel, Olam Hasof (2004; trans Mitch Ginsburg as The World of the End 2013), begins as an Afterlife fantasy (for Afterlife see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below), with the protagonist's Suicide, which he figures will reunite him with his beloved dead wife. The various worlds into ...


One of sf's trademark Clichés is the use of rays – of any colour or none at all, inhabiting the known electromagnetic spectrum or imaginary new spectra, or entirely based on Pseudoscience – for all manner of showy and/or narratively convenient effects. Exotic rays give ambiguous aid in Medicine or spawn Mutants, but above all they provide glamorous ...

Shaw, Ali

(1982-    ) UK author who remains best known for his first novel, The Girl with Glass Feet (2009), a fantasy in which elements of folklore surface through the tale of the metamorphosis of a young woman into glass; The Man Who Rained (2012) is also fantasy. Of some sf interest is The Trees (2016), set in a UK suddenly afflicted by a supernatural-seeming Disaster, a sudden countrywide irruption of ...

Breckenridge, Gerald

(1889-1964) US journalist and author (who may have been born Gerald Breitigam) of one of the more successful Radio Boys sequences, the Radio Boys novels beginning with The Radio Boys on Secret Service Duty (1922). The titles of greatest sf interest are The Radio Boys Search for the Inca's Treasure (1922), a Lost Race tale, and The Radio Boys Seek the Lost Atlantis (1923), another ...

Orb Speculative Fiction

Australian low-paying Semiprozine published by Orb Publications, South Preston, Victoria and edited by Sarah Endacott; eight issues to date, Spring/Summer 1999 to #8, 2010; began with issue #0 but had a combined issue #3/#4, 2002. Issue #8 is a huge (420 page) "best of" retrospective of the previous seven issues. Orb is amongst the elite of Australian magazines, originally published annually, but with only two issues since 2004, it is published in a ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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