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Barnes, Adrian

(1963-2018) UK-born teacher, journalist and author, in Canada from childhood, whose first novel, Satan a la Mode: A Devilish Piece of Good News (2006) is an Absurdist fantasy. His first sf novel, Nod (2012), comprises the manuscript of a man immune to a Near Future sleeping disorder – chronic sleep deprivation – that has effectively ended civilization, turning the sleepless into Zombie-like Monsters for whom insanity is followed, after a few weeks, by death. The Sleeper protagonist ...

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Film (1972). Jack Rollins and Charles H Joffe Productions/United Artists. Directed by Woody Allen. Written by Allen, based on or rather suggested by the nonfiction Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask (1969) by David Reuben. Cast includes Allen, John Carradine, Louise Lasser, Tony Randall, Burt Reynolds and Gene Wilder. 88 minutes. Colour. / This engaging collection of filmed anecdotes satirizes various Sex-related obsessions and movie genres; two episodes ...


The concept in Physics that forms of matter may exist composed of antiparticles, opposite in all quantum properties to the particles which compose ordinary matter, has a special appeal to sf writers. The idea itself was first formulated by the physicist Paul Dirac (1902-1984) in 1930; the confirmation of the existence of such particles soon followed, with the discovery of the positron (antielectron) in 1932. However, although antiparticles have for many years been routinely created in the ...

Nojiri Hōsuke

(1961-    ) Japanese author, former CAD programmer and game designer, whose early career comprised Ties to the play-by-mail and later Role-Playing Game Creguian. His follow-up, Rocket Girls, chronicled the activities of a space agency launching from the Solomon Islands. The Anime world soon seized upon the attractive potential of his all-female cast (to save payload weight, apparently), leading to the animated series Rocket Girls (2007 WOWOW). / He won a Seiun Award for ...

Bell, Derrick

(1930-2011) US lawyer, academic and author, a central figure in the creation of what became known as "critical race theory", the argument that racism – which as a Black lawyer he had been involved in combating – was so inherent in American society that apparent reductions in segregation and discrimination would be cosmetic. The basic institutional racism of America, he argued, would inevitably reassert itself to the advantage of the already advantaged. / Though he wrote some ...

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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