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Kolney, Fernand

Working name of French author Fernand Pochon de Colnet (1868-1930), well known for his Malthusian approach to the problems of Overpopulation, as expressed in texts like Le Crime d'engendrer ["The Crime of Breeding"] (1909 chap). His sf novel, L'Amour dans cinq mille ans (1908; rev vt L'Amour dans 5000 ans 1928; trans Brian Stableford of rev as Love in 5000 Years 2013), is set in 6905 CE, millennia after an Invasion from Mars has decimated the human race, which had been breeding unrestrictedly. ...

Zajdel, Janusz A

(1938-1985) Polish author, one of the three most important figures in Polish science fiction of the post-war era, who partly recognized, partly created and defined, and eventually occupied a literary territory that allowed him, along with some other writers, to create social Dystopias critical of the gross perversions and pathologies of the Polish communist state, and by extension totalitarianism in general, without exposing himself to the closer attention of the authorities and his work to ...

Disraeli, Benjamin

(1804-1881) UK politician and author born Benjamin D'Israeli, Conservative Member of Parliament from 1837 and – in 1868 and 1874-1880 – Prime Minister. In his almost-forgotten youthful Fantastic Voyage, The Voyage of Captain Popanilla (1828) published anonymously, the eponymous captain, who is an innocent savage from a prelapsarian (ie pre-missionary) South Seas Utopia, voyages to the land of Vraibleusia, which pejoratively resembles England, and whose capital Hubbabub clearly guys ...

Scholes, Robert

(1929-2016) US academic and sf critic. One of the better-known US theorists in structuralism, he is the author of a number of books on literary theory. In its sustained argument that the essential storytelling element in fiction contradicts any prejudicial inclination to think of the realist novel as more than a phase, The Nature of Narrative (1966; rev vt The Nature of Narrative: Revised and Expanded 2006) with Robert Kellogg (1928-2004) contributes to a fuller understanding of Fantastika as a ...

Turner, C C

(1870-1952) UK journalist and author, active from before World War One, in which he served, and which he described in the nonfiction The Struggle in the Air, 1914-1918 (1919) as Major Charles C Turner; most of his early journalism and books dealt with aeronautical issues, beginning with Cantor Lectures on Aeronautics (coll 1910), which were delivered in 1909. In later years, Turner specialized in crime adventures, often for adults, including The Secret of the Desert (1923), a Near Future ...

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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