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Sargasso Sea

This region in the west of the North Atlantic Ocean, with Bermuda near its western edge, is named for the Sargassum seaweed that grows there and which – along with historical accounts of sailing ships being becalmed there – gave rise to the popular legend of a seaweed-choked Zone of mystery, a mist-shrouded oceanic Lost World of derelict ocean craft, very probably infested with Monsters and ...

Sinclair, Upton

(1878-1968) US playwright and author known primarily for his work outside the sf field, particularly for his "muckraker" novels of social criticism, including The Jungle (25 February-4 November 1905 Appeal to Reason; rev 1906) and Oil! (1927), the latter filmed as There Will be Blood (2007); and for The Gnomobile: A Gnice Gnew Gnarrative with Gnonsense, but Gnothing Gnaughty (1936), a juvenile fantasy which was filmed by Disney as ...

Kavenna, Joanna

(?   -    ) UK journalist and author some of whose novels make sophisticated use of the SF Megatext, like her second, The Birth of Love (2010), where an intense narrative analysis and presentation of the nature of childbirth is broken into four sequences, the first three of them nonfantastic. The fourth narrative is set in a Dystopian Near Future, a ...

Armstrong, Kelley

(1968-    ) Canadian author, whose many fantasy novels, usually published in series, and often with a romance timbre, are not listed below. She is of sf interest for the Rip Through Time sequence beginning with A Rip Through Time (2022), whose protagonist finds herself via Timeslip in various predicaments, housed in various bodies, in various eras. Some echoes of Marghanita ...

Colombia

Colombian sf has gone through at least four stages in its history. The first stage runs from the late 1800s to 1930 (these and other dates are approximations). One cannot speak of science fiction literature per se during these decades, but rather of the isolated appearance of sf motifs and short stories, such as "Phrazomela" ["Phrazomela"] (December 1892 Revista Gris 1:3) by Emilio Cuervo Márquez (1873-1937), "Bogotá en el año 2000" ["Bogotá in the Year ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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