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Monir, Alexandra

(?   -?   ) US singer/songwriter and author most of whose work has been fantasy for Young Adult readers, as in the Timeless sequence beginning with Timeless (2011), which involves its young protagonist in a complicated Timeslip romance. She is of sf interest for the Final Six sequence beginning with The Final Six (2018), set a Near Future world so devastated by Climate Change and Disasters that it is becoming uninhabitable; a group of young space cadets must ...

Born in Flames

Film (1983). Lizzie Borden/Jerome Foundation/CAPS/Young Filmmakers. Written, produced, edited and directed Lizzie Borden. Cast includes Adele Bertei, Kathryn Bigelow, Honey, Flo Kennedy and Jeanne Satterfield. 80 minutes. Colour. / This underground movie, made over five years on 16 mm film and video, was deservedly given quite wide distribution. Ten years after a peaceful social-democratic revolution in the USA, the Party is in power, the position of women in society is still not much ...

Dark Future

Miniature model-based Wargame (1988). Games Workshop (GW). Designed by Richard Halliwell, Marc Gascoigne. / Dark Future is a game of highway combat, in which players take the role of "Sanctioned Ops" (freelance law enforcement operatives) or "Renegades" (members of criminal gangs). The gameplay is heavily influenced by the earlier Car Wars (1982); the major differences are that Dark Future is simpler and faster to play, and the vehicles are represented by miniature models, which the players ...

Finlay, Roger T

(?   -?   ) US author – possibly a pseudonym used for this sequence – known today only for the Wonder Island Boys series of adventures for the Young Adult market, featuring the exploits of its young castaway protagonists, who discover in the final volume of the series, The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Islands (1915), that the natives of the Archipelago which has offered them a range of experiences are in fact a Lost Race and that the Islands ...

Freedman, Nancy

(1920-2010) US actress and author whose sf novel, Joshua Son of None (1973), one of the earliest novels to deal with cloning (see Clones), depicts the intrigue surrounding the childhood and adolescence of Joshua Francis Kellogg, cloned in 1963 from the body of John F Kennedy. The Immortals (1976) is borderline sf. [JC]

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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