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Pauvert, Olivier

(?1973-    ) French pharmacist and author whose Near Future Dystopia, Noir (2005; trans Adriana Hunter 2008) depicts a France in which apartheid has been imposed, relegating nonwhites to segregated rural areas; the present-day protagonist arrives in this land by Timeslip as a kind of increasingly material ghost who seems to have suffered a Memory Edit, but who has gained the power to steal the souls of inhabitants of the new France by gazing upon them. Thriller elements (see ...

Asimov's Science Fiction

US SF Magazine which began as Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine in Spring 1977 but was retitled Asimov's Science Fiction from November 1992. Quarterly from Spring 1977, bimonthly from January/February 1978, monthly from January 1979, four-weekly from January 1981; it dropped to 11 issues per year in 1996 with a combined October/November double issue; ten issues a year from 2004 with a further combined April/May double issue; and six double issues a year from 2017. Published by Davis ...

Balderston, John L

(1889-1954) US playwright and screenwriter who wrote, always in collaboration, some dramas of genre interest. Berkeley Square (performed 1926; 1928 chap) with J C Squire is a Timeslip fantasy based on The Sense of the Past (1917) by Henry James; Red Planet (1933 chap) with J E Hoare is a Near Future moral melodrama in which a hoax message from Jesus is received from Mars. Films whose scripts he worked on, sometimes as adaptor, usually in collaboration, though he wrote some scripts solo, include ...

Ogden, Aimee

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Light of the Moon, the Strength of the Storm, the Warmth of the Sun" in Frozen Fairy Tales (anth 2015) edited by Kate Wolford. Her first-written novel, Local Star (2021), combines Space Opera action, partly set in a Space Habitat under threat from something like a Galactic Empire, and a complicated unpacking of a polyamorous compact of characters. Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters (2021), ...

Hansen, Essa

(?   -    ) US Cinema sound designer active from around 2009 as Nia Hansen, and author whose The Graven sequence of Space Operas beginning with Nophek Gloss (2020) carries its vengeance-seeking protagonist through an exceedingly complex and expanding galaxy, with the ambivalent aid of a sentient Starship, via intersections with a wide range of Aliens, all embedded in what turns out to be a Multiverse. The protagonist Caiden becomes more interesting – as ...

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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