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Barceló, Miquel

(1948-2021) Spanish computer-systems and aeronautical engineering professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, translator, editor and author; he also directed the polytechnic's PhD program on Sustainability, Technology and Humanism. He founded and edited the Fanzine Kandama from 1980 until its discontinuation in 1984, publishing both translations of noteworthy English-language authors and Spanish-language authors who would later become important figures themselves, including Domingo ...

Goll, Reinhold W

(1897-1993) US author of three unremarkable Space Operas for Young Adult readers. Two of these comprise the Veta sequence, beginning with The Visitors from Planet Veta (1961). [JC]

Jacobson, Mark

(1948-    ) US journalist – best known for his 1970s work for the Village Voice in New York – and author of an elaborately confabulated sf/fantasy novel, Gojiro (1991); the tale is seen through the eyes of a mild-mannered Monster, a Mutant lizard named after the Japanese film monster Gojira. Gojiro is a kind of Candide (see Voltaire), and his adventures with the kind and the cruel – especially on Radioactive Island (see Island), where radiation-damaged ...

Economics

The word "economics" derives from a Greek word signifying the art of household management. Its modern usage has been extended by analogy to pertain to the management of the industry and finances of nations. Medieval economic "theory" was dominated by ethical considerations, and evaluative judgments still remain entangled with the science; economics thus has the capacity to arouse powerful passions in spite of its frequent designation as "the dismal science". This is very evident in fiction ...

Shibano Takumi

(1926-2010) Japanese author, translator and critic. Shibano began writing sf as Rei Kozumi (a play on the Japanese version of "Cosmic Ray") while a high-school mathematics teacher, a job he quit in 1977 to become a full-time translator. He published his first short story in 1951. Later, 1969-1975, he published three sf juveniles, including Hokkyoku City no Hanran ["Revolt in North Pole City"] (1977). But his influence on Japanese sf lay more in his work as editor and publisher of the widely ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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