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Waters, M D

(1978-    ) US author whose Archetype sequence comprising Archetype (2014) and Prototype (2014) features a young woman with Amnesia – it is soon revealed that she has suffered a Memory Edit at the hands of her doctors – whose responses to the world into which she is revived are akin to responses typical of protagonists in Sleeper Awakes tales. This Near Future world is extremely sf-like, with Teleportation and other familiar features; but the focus of the tale is ...

Saunders, George

(1958-    ) US engineer and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Offloading for Mrs Schwartz" in The New Yorker (see Slick) for 5 October 1992, the first of twenty stories he has published in that journal. No traces of his earlier interest in Objectivism (see Ayn Rand) are easily found in his fiction, whose Satirical take on late capitalist consumerism shows the influence of Kurt Vonnegut, particularly in the hilarities that, in both authors, make antic ...

Anderson, Bob

(?   -    ) US Air Force veteran (retired 2006 after long service) who joined Sharon Ahern to continue the Survivalist sequence of Post-Holocaust Survivalist Fiction initiated by Jerry Ahern (whom see for details), also still given collaborative credit. The first of these continuation novels is The Survivalist #30: The Inheritors of Earth (2013) with Jerry Ahern and Sharon Ahern. [DRL]

Firestone, Shulamith

(1945-2012) Canadian-born painter, activist and author, resident in the United States from childhood, who was a founding figure in radical Feminism, and a key thinker in the movement in late-1960s New York. / Firestone outlined her ideas in The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution (1970), which argued, among other points, that women would not be truly liberated until they were freed from the shackles of Biology. Playfully melding Marx and Freud, she argued that Sex was also a ...

Planet With

Japanese animated tv series (2018), in conjunction with the Manga by Satoshi Mizukami. J C Staff. Directed by Youhei Suzuki. Written by Satoshi Mizukami. Voice cast includes Atsushi Abe, Sayaka Haradi, Shiori Izawa, Rikiya Koyama and Kenji Nomura. Twelve 24-minute episodes to date. Colour. / The Invasion of Earth is not an infrequent genre trope, but the first Weapon being an enormous smiling teddy bear with ears for wings, a mass of (human) arms in place of legs and, upon its chest, ...

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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