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Topol, Allan

(1941-    ) US lawyer and author, usually of nonfantastic (though occasionally implausible) political thrillers; of sf interest is The Fourth of July War (1978), a Near Future tale in which America, threatened by attempts by OPEC to jump up the price of oil (again), mounts a successful Invasion of the Middle East, and saves cheap oil for the world. [JC]

Stoppard, Tom

Working name of Czech-born playwright and screenwriter Tomáš Straussler (1937-    ), in the UK since 1946, the Stoppard surname being acquired from his stepfather when his widowed mother remarried in 1945. His early dramatic work was characterized by extravagant wit and wordplay, and an Absurdist application of logic to surreal or insane situations. Following the broadcast of several Radio plays, his Theatre debut was Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead ...

Schenck, Bradley W

(?   -    ) US illustrator, Games designer and author, who has also written as by Morno. Along with his early work in Role Playing Game design, he published at least two stories of genre interest, beginning with "The Forest of Flame" (April 1977 The Dragon Magazine) as by Morno, with many later texts of various sorts [not listed below] for the fantasy game Arduin, and was involved for many years in early and some later stages of the evolution of computer Games ...

Robots [performance]

Performance (2009). Produced by Le Voyage Extraordinaire. Directed and conceived by Christian Denisart. Set design by Gilbert Maire; costume design by Cécile Collet; music by Lee Maddeford; choreography by Corinne Rochet and Nicholas Pettit. Cast includes Laurence Iseli and Branch Worsham. / Robots is an amalgam of dramatic musical performance and dance Theatre. The production premiered on 1 May 2009 at the Théâtre Barnabe in Servion, Switzerland. Performed without ...

Anam, Tahmima

(1975-    ) Bangladeshi-born author, variously in France and elsewhere from childhood, in UK from about 2010. Her fiction, beginning with A Golden Age (2007), has been sharply topical, without any extraction of topoi from the fantastic. Her fourth novel, The Startup Wife (2021), set in the very Near Future water margins of Fantastika, traces the interweaving consequences of a married couple's ambitious projects: an attempt to import "empathy" into AIs; and an attempt to ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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