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Lo, Malinda

(1974-    ) Chinese-born journalist and author, in USA from early childhood, active online, writing for, from about 2003. Her first series, the Ash sequence beginning with Ash (2009), is fantasy, turning on a reworking of the Cinderella story as a lesbian romance; the second volume, Huntress (2011), is a prequel set in Faerie [for Cinderella, Faerie and Twice-Told see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. / Lo is of sf interest for her second ...

Rose, Malcolm

(1953-    ) UK chemist and author of Young Adult fiction who may be best known for the Lawless and Tilley series of crime novels (not listed below) which, although the investigators are scientifically literate, is not sf. His first novels, which tend to focus on various Disasters, are of genre interest: The Obtuse Experiment (1993) is a thriller set in the Near Future; Circle of Nightmares (1997) is horror with sf elements; and Plague (2000) traces the course of a ...

Blayre, Christopher

Pseudonym of UK lawyer, biologist, violin-maker, translator and author Edward Heron-Allen (1861-1943) whose first publication, Violin-Making as It Was and Is (1884), based on his own practical experience, remains in print. Also under his own name, he wrote The Princess Daphne (1885), a novel of psychic vampirism, and A Fatal Fiddle: The Commonplace Tragedy of a Snob (coll 1890), which includes a story centred on telepathy (see ESP). After a long period away from fiction – during which he ...

Dawn of the Dead

Film (1978; vt Zombie Italy; vt Zombies UK). Laurel. Directed by George Romero. Written by Romero, with Dario Argento (who also cowrote the music) as script consultant. Cast includes David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H Reininger and Gaylen Ross. 127 minutes, cut to 125 minutes. Colour. / The first of three sequels to Night of the Living Dead (1968) – the others are Day of the Dead (1985) and Land of the Dead (2005) – this was (unusually) premiered in Italy, under the title Zombie. ...

Bynum, Laura

(1968-    ) US author of the Near Future Dystopian Veracity (2009 ebook), set in a post-Disaster world dominated by a right-wing male tyranny known as the Confederation of the Willing, whose control over the lives of its oppressed citizens focuses particularly on women (see Feminism; Women in SF). The Confederation's obsessional control over even uttering a forbidden word – an implanted chip, when a forbidden word is spoken, gives the offender an electrical shock ...

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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