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Riley, Brett

(1970-    ) US teacher and author whose first novel Comanche (2020), is a Western involving the century-old ghost of a gunslinger. His sf tale, Lord of Order (2021), set in a post-Technology Ruined Earth version of a balkanized America, confronts the "Lord of Order" of New Orleans with a crisis of survival. [JC]


An important item of sf Terminology, from the Greek words for "movement at a distance". Thus telekinesis is the ability to move objects by the power of the mind, which after Telepathy is the most commonly used Psi Power in sf. The word was not coined by an sf author: the Oxford English Dictionary gives an 1890 citation from Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research. It appeared in sf as early as 1949 – Charles L Harness uses "telekineticist" in "Flight into Yesterday" (May 1949 ...

Weird World

UK magazine, quarto-format on poor book paper sufficient to appear like a slim Pulp magazine. Two undated issues, 1955-1956, published by Gannet Press, Birkenhead; edited anonymously. Weird World printed a mixture of sf and fantasy, including some reprints. The fiction was of fairly low quality, though not as bad as the material published by Gannet Press under its original owners. The magazine is very rare, but only a completist would want it. The advertised companion magazine, Fantastic World, ...

Simpson, George E

(1944-2009) US author, film scriptwriter and sound effects editor who worked with Universal Studios for several years. With Neal R Burger (1931-2005) he wrote three sf novels, all with a strong espionage-thriller flavour. Ghostboat (1976) centres on the submarine USS Candlefish, believed lost during World War Two, which reappears in modern times minus her crew. The solution of this mystery involves an uneasy mix of Timeslip and supernatural elements, leading to a grim but predictable ...

Urusei Yatsura

Japanese animated tv series (1981-1986; vt Those Obnoxious Aliens; vt Lum the Invader Girl). Based on the Manga by Rumiko Takahashi. Kitty Films, Studio Deen, Studio Pierrot. Directors include Mamoru Oshii and Kazuo Yamazaki. Writers include Kazunori Itô, Takao Koyama, Michiru Shimada and Shigeru Yanagawa. Voice cast includes Toshio Furukawa, Fumi Hirano, Ritsuo Sawa, Saeko Shimazu, Mayumi Tanaka and Rihoko Yoshida. 195 25-minute episodes, plus four specials. Colour. / An Alien, Mr ...

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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