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Calder, Richard

(1956-    ) UK author – in Thailand 1990-1996 and later in the Philippines until returning to London in the first years of this century – who began publishing sf with "Toxine" in Interzone: The 4th Anthology (anth 1989) edited by John Clute, Simon Ounsley and David Pringle; his early short fiction, almost always densely post-Cyberpunk in idiom and setting, was assembled as "The Allure" and published, translated by Hisashi Asakura, in Japanese (coll 1991). His ...

Seymour, John

(1914-2004) UK farmer and author almost all of whose works, from the early 1950s until his death, are nonfiction discussing the disappearance of what he deemed to be a balanced world (see Ecology), and the prospects of achieving sustainability in the future (see Futures Studies). Of sf interest is Die Lerchen singen so schön ["The Larks They Sang Melodious"] (1982), portraying Near Future disaster and recovery for a UK afflicted first by a general strike and then by collapse of ...

Lavender, Isiah, III

(?   -    ) US academic, currently associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University, where he researches and lectures on African American Studies and Science Fiction. From 2004 onwards he has contributed articles and reviews to such journals as Extrapolation and Science Fiction Studies; his first book was Race in American Science Fiction (2011). Since then he has edited two academic studies of the uses and abuses of Race in SF [see Checklist ...

Sengoku Jieitai

Film (1981; vt Time Slip). Toho. Directed by Kosei Saito. Written by Toshio Kaneda, based on Sengoku Jieitai ["Civil War Self-Defence Force"] (1974) by Ryō Hanmura. Cast includes Sonny Chiba, Iasao Natsuki, Jana Okada and Miyuki Ono. 139 minutes, cut to 100 minutes. Colour. / Based on one of Ryō Hanmura's intelligent novels, which use sf reinterpretations to comment on Japanese history, this tells of a troop of modern Japanese soldiers caught in a Timeslip and transported back to ...

SLA Industries

Role Playing Game (1993). Nightfall Games. Designed by Dave Allsop. / SLA Industries is a game of satirical ultraviolence, set in a world-spanning City in an alternate Dimension (see Parallel Worlds). This universe is dominated by the eponymous corporation and its ruler, Mr Slayer. Its society is an exaggerated reflection of 1980s Anglo-Saxon capitalism, split between the wealthy Uptowns and the hopeless Downtowns, stalked by cannibals and rogue Cyborgs. The population is tranquillized by ...

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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