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Oshikawa Shunrō

Pseudonym of Japanese author Masa'ari Oshikawa (1876-1914), whose Young Adult tales of aristocratic heroes, oceanic Robinsonades and plucky inventors were a crucial element of the Japanese zeitgeist in the Edwardian era. / Oshikawa's stories were leavened with speculative machinery, soaring martial fervour, and a sense of Japan's manifest destiny (see Imperialism). His career spanned a period when the Japanese were seen as "the British of Asia", with a nascent sense of entitlement to ...

Carr, Francis

(1834-1894) UK businessman and author Archimago: (or the New Zealander on the Ruins of London Bridge. A Satirical Work, Commencing I, Jno, formerly of the U. K. of G. B., etc) (1864 3vols), which uses the familiar image of the New Zealander to frame two visions of London's future: in the first, horseless carriages and flying vehicles manifest the commercial glories of Empire to come; in the second, the New Zealander is given a sight of 1864 rather on the lines of Gustave Doré's famous ...

Sloley, Emma

(?   -    ) Australian journalist and author, in US from 2003, who is of sf interest for her first novel, Disaster's Children (2019), a very Near Future Young Adult tale set mostly in a remote rural ranch compound (see Keep) occupied by the very rich, who are planning to dodge the Climate Change catastrophe more and more dominating the outside world, which they call the Disaster. The young protagonist falls in love with a Mysterious Stranger, but there is no ...

Crysis

Videogame (2007). Crytek. Designed by Cevat Yerli, Sten Huebler, Christopher Auty, Bernd Diemer. Platforms: Win. / Crysis is, in essence, a game about enablement. The player adopts the role of a Near Future US Delta Force operative equipped with a suit of armour powered by Nanotechnology, or "nanosuit". As in Starsoldier (1977) (see Starforce: Alpha Centauri), the Powered Armour suit has a limited amount of energy which can be employed in various ways, in this case to resist damage, provide ...

MacPherson, Donald

Pseudonym of UK psychologist George Humphrey (1889-1966) – who held various academic posts in Canada and the USA 1916-1947 and later became professor of psychology at Oxford – for two sf novels influenced by Freudian Psychology. Go Home, Unicorn (1935) is a Scientific Romance set in Montreal, in which the life of a research Scientist – loved by two women, one jealous – is much confused by projections, into the world of matter, of their (and other people's) mental ...

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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