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Taylor, Isaac

(1787-1865) UK author, also known as Isaac Taylor of Stanford Rivers, one of several children of Isaac Taylor (1759-1829), an engraver and author with whom his son should not be confused, a task with some difficulty as the younger Isaac Taylor often published anonymously, as did his several siblings (almost all of whom were authors) including Jefferys Taylor; he followed this practice with The Temple of Melekartha (1831 3vols) anonymous, a long disquisitional tale at the heart of which may be ...

Poetry

As science fiction does best when it is told, it may be unsurprising that the past century or so, a period not markedly friendly to narrative verse, has seen no efflorescence of good sf story poems. There are all the same a number of them, though they are hugely less frequent than examples of lyric sf poetry – short poems in which sf tropes and topoi regularly found to uncover the state of mind of the poet – few of which rank very high in the literatures of the West. This is ...

Coonts, Stephen

(1946-    ) US author and editor, author of the Saucer sequence, comprising Saucer (2003) and Saucer: The Conquest (2005), in which a young man discovers an ancient artefact – the eponymous spaceship – and must fight friend and foe in order to retain it in order to save humanity. Coonts's Military SF anthology, Combat (anth 2001; in three cut parts, all three together making up the whole, vt Combat #1 2001, cut vt Combat #2 2002 and cut vt Combat #3 2002), ...

Kensett, Percy F

(1868-1940) UK author of The Amulet of Tarv: A Romance of the South Downs, 1,000 BC (1925), a Prehistoric SF tale whose present-day protagonists are given access via Time Viewer to the era in question; they are then able to establish Communications with the past. [JC]

Redline

Japanese animated film (2009). Madhouse. Directed by Takeshi Koike. Written by Katsuhito Ishii, Yōji Enokido and Yoshiki Sakurai. Voice cast includes Yū Aoi, Tadanobu Asano and Takuya Kimura. 102 minutes. Colour. / In the "far distant future" two interplanetary Wars have not dented the popularity of the road-race Redline. This year it is due to take place on Europass, a moon of Roboworld: the latter is home to a civilization of militaristic Cyborgs who had to give up Europass 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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