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Women in SF

In "The Image of Women in Science Fiction" (November 1970 Red Clay Reader) Joanna Russ wrote, "There are plenty of images of women in science fiction. There are hardly any women." This apprehension of the state of affairs has changed in the subsequent decades, chiefly due to the impact of Feminism and to the increasing numbers of women writing sf in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and the new century, though also to an increased awareness of the large number of Utopias and Dystopias written by and ...

McCrum, Robert

(1953-    ) UK editor, long with the Observer, and author whose first novel, In the Secret State (1980), is a Near Future political thriller set in a UK threatened by an indirect Tory coup – control to be maintained through Computer manipulations of the body politic. [JC]

Lakin-Smith, Kim

(1972-    ) UK author whose first novel, Tourniquet: Tales from the Renegade City (2007), depicts a surrealized urbanized cybergoth Near Future in terms depicted by and entrapping the rock band Origin (see Music); supernatural elements interfuse with music in the Dystopian City at the heart of the tale. The world depicted in Cyber Circus (2011) has some similarities to its predecessor, as though a genre kaleidoscope had been shaken, adding Genetic Engineering and touches of ...

Rome, David

Pseudonym of UK-born television writer David Boutland (1938-    ), in Australia from 1951; he began to publish work of genre interest with "Time of Arrival" for New Worlds in April 1961, placing a number of tales in that journal in the years before Michael Moorcock became editor in 1964. His only sf book, Squat: Sexual Adventures on Other Planets (1970), is not his best work. [PN] see also: Generation Starships. /

Battle: Los Angeles

Film (2011). Columbia Pictures in association with Relativity Media presents an Original Film/Legion Entertainment production. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Written by Chris Bertolini. Cast includes Aaron Eckhart, Cory Hardrict, Bridget Moynahan, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramón Rodríguez and Will Rothhaar. 116 minutes. Colour. / After Earth's major cities are attacked in a coordinated extraterrestrial Invasion, a unit of marines stranded behind enemy lines during a rescue mission ...

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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