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Higgins, David M

(?   -    ) US sf critic with a combined PhD in English and American Studies from Indiana University. His research focuses on imperialist imaginings in twentieth century literature and culture (see Imperialism), and he is the Science Fiction Literature division head for the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. His works include "Anti-Leninists in Space" (May 2011 Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts vol 22 #2), "Toward a Cosmopolitan ...

Skaftun, Emily C

(?   -    ) US editor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "My Only Sunshine" in Flub: A Webzine of Astonishing Tales for Fall-Winter 2009, assembled with a wide range of work as Living Forever & Other Terrible Ideas (coll 2020). As Tim Powers suggests in his introduction to the book, her very wide-ranging tales, many of them sf as Equipoised with fantasy and horror, can be seen as exercises in the absurd (see Absurdist SF), ...

McLandburgh, Florence

(1850-1934) US author, who wrote poetry as by McLandburgh Wilson. In The Automaton Ear and Other Stories (coll 1876), the title story "The Automaton Ear" (May 1873 Scribner's Monthly) is of sf interest for its description of a device capable – since sound never in fact dies – of recovering all the sounds that ever existed; the sonic equivalent of a Time Viewer. [JC]

Dead Hand

Russian CGI animated web series (2013-2016). Directed by Dima Fedotov. Written by Sergey and Dima Fedotov. Two episodes. Colour. / The first episode, the three-minute Fortress, announces that it is "10 years from beginning of last war" (see World War Three). A plane resembling a futuristic descendant of a Superfortress Heavy Bomber is in flight: its Computer, unable to engage with the pilot (we see a skull through the faceplate of his armoured suit), goes to autopilot and performs the ...

Futurian, The

UK Fanzine (1938-1940), edited from Leeds, Yorkshire, by J Michael Rosenblum as "A Green Jester Publication". Eight typeset issues on an approximately quarterly schedule from June 1938 to Spring 1940. / A continuation of the Leeds Science Fiction League's Bulletin (2 issues, January and March 1938), The Futurian was a small printed publication featuring fiction, Poetry and articles by leading sf fans of the day, including Arthur C Clarke, Ralph Milne Farley, John Russell Fearn, David H ...

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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