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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...


The loss on 15 April 1912 of RMS Titanic – at that time the largest passenger liner in existence – following its 14 April collision with an iceberg and the discovery of a serious lifeboat shortage, is an early and still very well remembered twentieth-century Icon of Disaster. Though direct relevance to sf is marginal, it is notable that four sf authors given entries in this book died in the shipwreck: John Jacob ...

Bamber, George

(1932-2017) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Ottmar Balleau X 2" for Rogue in 1961. His sf novel, The Sea Is Boiling Hot (1971), deals with a large number of themes, including Ecology: nuclear pollution has set the seas to boiling; mankind lives in huge domed Cities and communicate via Matter Transmission; Computers do the ...

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review

US critical magazine, founded and edited by Neil Barron, published by Borgo Press, 13 issues 1979-1980; revived with the Science Fiction Research Association as publisher, still ed Barron, 20 issues 1982-1983; amalgamated with Fantasy Newsletter to form Fantasy Review, January 1984, edited by Robert A ...

2001: A Space Odyssey [comics]

1. US oversized tabloid-format perfect-bound Comics publication. Publisher: Marvel Comics. Editor, writer, and artist: Jack Kirby; inker, Frank Giacoia. One issue dated 1976. / This "treasury edition" comics adaptation of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) was part of the deal which led to Jack Kirby's brief return to Marvel Comics in the mid-1970s. ...

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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