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Cărtărescu, Mircea

(1956-    ) Romanian teacher, poet and author, active from around 1978. He is of some sf interest for his first novel, Visul ["The Dream"] (1989; uncensored version, vt Nostalgia 1993; trans Julian Semilian 2005), where an exorbitant use of the topoi of Fantastika are assembled (and re-assembled through the five disparate sections of the work) into a kaleidoscopic rendering of the fractured reality of a state like Romania during and after the plague of totalitarianism. ...

Back to the Future Part III

Film (1989). Credits as for Part II, but also starring Mary Steenburgen. 119 minutes. Colour. / The final sequel to Back to the Future (1985). Made with Back to the Future Part II and released soon after, this is a hammy but enjoyable resolution of the Time Travel story. Where Part II emphasizes change and darkness, this emphasizes continuity and reconciliation. Marty digs the damaged Time Machine out of a cave where it was buried in the past by Dr Brown, who is "now" stranded in the Wild ...

Stark, Ed

(?   -    ) US author of Ties to various games (see Games and Sports), including Shatterzone: Beyond the 'Zone (1993), novelizing a Role Playing Game set in a Space Opera universe. His other ties are to fantasy enterprises. [JC]

Tuomainen, Antti

(1971-    ) Finnish author (see Finland), largely in the crime mode, much of whose work contains a strong, sardonic sense of the absurdity of mapping a largely American genre onto a parochial Finnish setting, such as Palm Beach Finland (2017 trans David Hackston 2018), in which an entrepreneur turns to illegal methods to establish a seaside utopia. Unlike Reijö Mäki, with whom his work has many similarities in style and tone, Tuomainen has been swept up in the ...

Pagetti, Carlo

(1945-    ) Italian critic, since 1971 Professor of English Literature, first at the University of "G. D'Annunzio", Pescara-Chieti, then in other Italian universities: Siena, Bergamo, Turin, and most recently Milan, where he has taught since 1995, occupying several roles. He coordinated the doctoral program in English studies from its founding until 2005. / His Il senso del futuro: la fantascienza nella letteratura Americana ["The Meaning of the Future: Science Fiction ...

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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