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American Flagg!

US Comic-book series (1983-1989, 63 issues), published by First Comics, created by writer/artist Howard V Chaykin. Generally considered one of the best sf Comics of the 1980s, American Flagg! is set in a media-saturated USA reduced to Third-World status, and stars Reuben Flagg, drafted into the Plexus Rangers in Chicago in the 2030s (Plexus being a Mars-based mega-cartel planning to sell off the USA piece by piece). American Flagg! is sophisticated fun, featuring cynically humorous writing and ...

Lee, Victoria

(?   -    ) US author whose Near Future Young Adult Dystopian Feverwake sequence beginning with The Fever King (2019) seems at first to offer an Equipoisal reading of the etiology and consequences of a virus-based Pandemic (see Disaster) that has balkanized America. The narrative is set in Carolinia (once North and South Carolina); its young protagonist, who believes that Magic has given him the ability to control Technology, is soon taught by the magus-like ...

Ridgway, Jim

(1948-    ) UK psychologist and computer systems analyst, currently a professor emeritus at Durham University School of Education, who with Michele Benjamin edited the instructive reprint Anthology PsiFi: Psychological Theories and Science Fictions (anth 1987), featuring stories by Thomas M Disch, Robert A Heinlein, Keith Laumer, Ursula K Le Guin (with brief extracts from two different novels), Frederik Pohl and Bob Shaw (who also contributed an introduction). The stories ...

Red Shift

Tv film (1978). British Broadcasting Corporation. Directed by John Mackenzie. Written by Alan Garner from his own novel, Red Shift (1973). Cast includes Charles Bolton, Andrew Byatt, Lesley Dunlop, Bernard Gallagher, Stephen Petcher, Stella Tanner and Michael Wolf. 75 minutes. Colour. / The 2014 DVD release of this compact Television drama, originally aired on BBC's Play for Today omnibus series, makes available Garner's own visualization of his knottedly inward novel in which psyches in ...

Lobato, Monteiro

(1882-1948) Brazilian Monteiro Lobato is most widely known as the founder of children's literature in Brazil, although he wrote works for adults, ran a publishing house and served as commercial attaché to the US from 1927 to 1931. While his canonical works of literature portray mainly the decadence of the coffee-plantation economy of São Paulo's interior, he also wrote stories such as "O estigma" ["The Stigma"] (in Urupês ["Fungi"] coll 1918) and "O bugio moqueado" ["The ...

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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