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Serpell, Namwali

(1980-    ) Zambian-born author, in USA from the age of nine. She is of initial interest for the nonfiction Seven Modes of Uncertainty (2014), which explicitly draws some of its strategies from William Empson's Seven Types of Ambiguity (1930), arguing for the vital importance of "structures of conflicting information" in the work of authors like Thomas Pynchon; in this encyclopedia, the term Fantastika is used frequently to point to texts whose use of conflicting generic ...

Monkey Business

Film (1952). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Howard Hawks. Written by Ben Hecht, I A L Diamond, Charles Lederer. Cast includes Charles Coburn, Cary Grant, Hugh Marlowe, Marilyn Monroe and Ginger Rogers. 97 minutes. Black and white. / Made only a year after The Thing (though his direction of the latter was uncredited), Hawks's second sf film is one of the classic screwball comedies. Grant plays a staid Scientist working on slowing the ageing process. One of his laboratory apes ...

Buiza, Carlos

Working name of Spanish editor and author Carlos Álvarez Buiza de Diego (1940-    ). He belongs to the so-called second generation of Spanish science fiction writers, along with Domingo Santos, Gabriel Bermúdez Castillo, Ángel Torres Quesada, Carlos Saiz Cidoncha, Juan G Atienza (1930-2011), Alfonso Álvarez Villar (1930-1981), Luis Vigil (1940-2019), Jaime Rosal del Castillo (1945-2019), Juan Tébar (1941-    ), ...

Barnett, David

(1970-    ) UK journalist and author, some of whose early work is horror, beginning with Hinterland (2005), in which the badland borders of semi-rural quasi-suburban England are Crosshatched with a land which seems simultaneously to resemble Faerie [for Crosshatch and Faerie see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and Hell. Angelglass (2007) more ambitiously interweaves two tales set in Prague in different eras, the only immediate link being a mysterious wanderer ...

2009: Lost Memories

Japanese/South Korean film (2002). CJ Entertainment. Directed by Lee Si-myung. Written by Lee Si-myung and Lee sang-hak. Cast includes Jang Dong-gun and Tōru Nakamura. 135 minutes, cut to 114 minutes in some territories. / An Alternate History, Near Future thriller that never quite lives up to the promise of its prologue and opening credits, 2009: Lost Memories posits a world in which the Japanese statesman Itō Hirobumi survives the shooting that should have killed him in 1909. ...

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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