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Spufford, Francis

(1964-    ) UK academic and author, none of whose work is explicitly sf, though his nonfiction is deeply conversant with science-fictional modes of thought. Though it takes the form of a memoir, The Child That Books Built (2002) is in fact constructed around readings of various writers including Ursula K Le Guin, C S Lewis, J R R Tolkien and others. Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin (2003) encompasses in its historical narrative an understanding of the ...


Japanese animated tv series (2001-2002); original title Herushingu. Based on the Manga by Kouta Hirano. Gonzo. Directed by Umanosuke Iida. Written by Chiaki J. Konaka. Voice cast includes Jouji Nakata, Nachi Nozawa, Fumiko Orikasa, Yoshiko Sakakibara and Takumi Yamazaki. 13 23 minute episodes. Colour. / There have always been Vampires, but contemporary Britain is plagued by a new kind. Battling them are the Royal Order of Religious Knights aka The Hellsing Organization, led by Sir Integra ...

Hyams, Edward S

(1910-1975) UK translator and author, active in various genres, fiction and nonfiction, from before World War Two. Although not widely known for his speculative work, he published several novels of sf interest. The Wings of the Morning (1939) is a discussion novel in the style of the Scientific Romance, set as a Future War, whose description does not very accurately anticipate the reality to come, is ignited when Socialists take on Fascism. Not in Our Stars (1949) depicts the discovery of a ...

Fowles, John

(1926-2005) UK author who remains perhaps most famous for his first and third novels, The Collector (1963) and The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969). His second novel, The Magus (1965; rev 1977), especially in the conciser revised version, more powerfully explores the labyrinths of obsession and manipulation underlying, in all of Fowles's work, the rigmaroles and impostures of daylight reality. In this novel a series of seemingly supernatural contrivances separates the unpleasant protagonist ...

Mayhar, Ardath

(1930-2012) US author who began publishing poetry in the 1940s and who wrote historicals and Westerns as Frank Cannon and other non-sf/fantasy books as John Killdeer and Sarah MacWilliams. She began publishing sf/fantasy with "The Cat with the Sapphire Eyes" for Weirdbook #8 in 1973; she integrated this tale into the second volume of her Kyrannon Shar-Nuhn sequence, which comprises her first novel, How the Gods Wove in Kyrannon (1979), and The Seekers of Shar-Nuhn (1980). Like much of her work, ...

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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