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Shriver, Lionel

Working name of US journalist and author Ann Margaret Shriver (1957-    ), in London for several years; among her earlier nonfantastic novels the best known is We Need to Talk about Kevin (2003), about a teenage mass-murderer. The Post-Birthday World (2007) uses narrative rather than sf devices to contrast the parallel timelines of a woman's relationships with two alternative partners, somewhat in the manner of the film Sliding Doors (1998). Of direct sf interest is The ...

Mendelsohn, Felix, Jr

(1906-1990) US author of two unremarkable comic sf novels, Club Tycoon Sends Man to Moon (1965) and Superbaby (1969). The former, in its spoofing of the space race (see Space Flight), sometimes scores an amusing point; the latter similarly spoofs Genetic Engineering in a tale involving the New York Metropolitans, a terrible Baseball team and the created Superman who comes to play for them. [JC]

Scott, Rion Amilcar

(?   -    ) US author whose fiction has been restricted to short forms; he began to publish work of genre interest with "Numbers" in Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History (anth 2014) edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older. Much of his work is set in the (fictional) town of Cross River, Maryland, founded in the early nineteenth century after a successful slave revolt (see Race in SF) [for Polder see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy ...

Maison en Petits Cubes, La

Japanese short animated film (2008; vt The House of Small Cubes); original title Tsumiki no Ie. Robot Communications. Created and directed by Kunio Katō. Written by Kenya Hirata. 12 minutes. Colour. / An old man lives on the top floor of an otherwise submerged building; over the decades he has added several new floors as the waters continue to very slowly rise – though the floodwaters stretch to the horizon, an infrastructure exists that enables him to purchase materials. Wishing ...

Hambrook, Emerson C

Pseudonym of UK author George Makgill (1868-1926), whose Future War novel, The Red To-Morrow (1920), traces the consequences of a 1942 war against Germany, as Jews and immigrants riot in the streets of London, almost bringing down a decent government. There are moments of Satire throughout, directed at targets, including George Bernard Shaw, whom the author saw as culpable members of the intellectual left. An earlier tale, Outside and Overseas: Being the History of Captain Mungo Ballas, Styled ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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