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Bacheller, Irving

(1859-1950) US journalist, media entrepreneur (founder of the Bacheller Syndicate, which marketed stories to newspapers) and author, most of his fiction being regional tales set in upper New York State. Of sf interest is his first novel, The Master of Silence: A Romance (1892), whose young protagonist, raised in isolation, becomes a Superman whose Superpowers include Telepathy, which ...

Trease, Geoffrey Robert

(1909-1998) UK critic and author, mostly of historical fiction for younger and Young Adult readers, publishing 113 books between 1934 and his retirement in 1997. Most of these were historical fiction and manifested his left-wing politics, beginning with the Communist-influenced Bows Against the Barons (1934). There is a strong Utopian element in some of his early novels, including the ...

Ryan, Carrie

(1978-    ) US author of a Young Adult Dystopian sequence – the Forest of Hands and Teeth series comprising The Forest of Hands and Teeth (2009), The Dead-Tossed Waves (2010) and The Dark and Hollow Places (2011) – set initially, some generations after a civilization-destroying Disaster, in a ...

Lady in the Water

Film (2006). Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Legendary Pictures presents a Blinding Edge Pictures Production. Written and directed by M Night Shyamalan. Cast includes Bob Balaban, Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Freddy Rodriguez and Jeffrey Wright. 100 minutes. Colour. / The manager of an apartment complex is encumbered with a nymphlike being from a water Dimension, who is pursued by monstrous ...

Komatsuzaki Shigeru

(1915-2001) Japanese illustrator (see Illustration) and author, whose lurid images dominated sf publishing in Japan in the 1950s, before resurgent Cinema and the new media of Television and Manga changed the shape of the genre. / His first published work comprised illustrations for the serial "Shirogitsune Kidan" ["Mystery of the White Fox"] (1938 ...

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. ...

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