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Kim, Un-Su

(1972-    ) South Korean author whose first novel Kaebinit (2006; trans Sean Lin Halbert as The Cabinet 2021), deftly Equipoises a Satirical portrait of a late capitalist world in which humans are rigorously defined by surrealistically reductive labels (see Absurdist SF) against an subtextual implication that a Genetic Engineering project (see Eugenics) underlies the patent humiliation of Homo sapiens. / The protagonist of Kim's second novel, Seolgyejadeul (2010; trans ...

Nicholson, John

Pseudonym of UK cleric and author Norman Howe Parcell (1885-1955), whose sf novel, Space Ship to Venus (1948), carries by Spaceship a crew of adventurers to Venus [see subtitle in Checklist]. Costello, Psychic Investigator (coll 1954), assembles occult fictions [for Occult Detectives see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. [JC]

Frewer, Ellen Elizabeth

(1848-1940) UK author and translator, active before the end of the nineteenth century; her translations of Jules Verne were fuller and less tampered-with than most other versions of Verne during the years she worked on his books. It has been suggested that her financial independence allowed her to be firm on maintaining the integrity of her work. Frewer's later life seems to have been lived in private. [JC]


Videogame (2011). Supergiant. 2011: PC, XB360. 2012: iOS, PS4, PSVita. / Made by independent games company Supergiant, Bastion is an Isometric Adventure puzzle game, one of several independent titles produced in the early 2010s that helped to elevate independent ("indie") videogames (see Independent Games) to a more prominent position in gaming culture. Bastion won several awards; as an independent title, for its engaging soundtrack, and for the complex narrative. These included those from ...

McCardell, Roy L

(1870-?1961) US screenwriter and author, whose extremely early Tie, The Diamond from the Sky: A Romantic Novel (coll of linked stories 1916), puts in book form his own filmscript about an Asteroid with a great diamond at its heart which plummets into seventeenth-century western America. McCardell also appeared as himself in the live-action prologue to Winsor McCay's pioneering animated film, Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). [JC]

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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