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Gardner, Martin

(1914-2010) US mathematician, amateur conjuror, journalist and author of many books of popular science, along with several volumes of puzzles and games. In the Name of Science (1952; rev vt Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science 1957) is an iconoclastic and amusing nonfiction book about Pseudoscience: cults, fads and hoaxes existing on the fringes of science, with chapters on Hollow-Earth and flat-Earth theories, pyramidology, UFOs and other subjects. Of particular interest to sf readers may ...

Kawamata Chiaki

(1948-    ) Japanese author whose debut work "Shita" ["Tongue"] (January 1972 NW-SF) was published while he was still working as a copywriter at the Advertising agency Hakuhodo. In the same year, he began writing SF criticism with "Ashita wa Docchi da!" ["Which Way is Tomorrow?"], which ran until 1975 in S-F Magazine and was subsequently collated in Yume no Kotoba, Kotoba no Yume ["Words of Dreams, Dreams of Words"] (nonfiction coll 1983). He became a full-time writer from ...

Dishonored

Videogame (2012). Arkane Studios (AS). Designed by Raphaël Colantonio, Harvey Smith, Ricardo Bare. Platforms: PS3, Win, XB360. / Dishonored is a work of Steampunk and Sorcery, but one which operates in a very science-fictional mode. The gameplay is that of an action-Adventure, seen from the point of view of the player in the manner of a First Person Shooter, with elements drawn from Computer Role Playing Games and much emphasis placed on the protagonist's ability to hide and sneak. ...

Barbusse, Henri

(1873-1935) French author, best known for his strongly realistic fiction, especially that concerning World War One. Les enchaînements (1925 2vols; trans Stephen Haden Guest as Chains 1925 2vols) attempts – like many novels from the first third of the century – to present a panoramic vision of mankind's prehistory and history, in this case through the transcendental experiences of a single protagonist who is struck by his significant visions while in the middle of a staircase. ...

Anderson, Karen

Working name of US author and fan June Millichamp "Karen" Kruse Anderson (1932-2018), married to Poul Anderson from 1953 until his death in 2001, and with whom – after some poetry – she published her first work of genre interest, Innocent at Large (vt "The Innocent Arrival" in Space, Time & Crime, anth 1964, ed Miriam Allen deFord; 2016 ebook), for Galaxy in July 1958. Most of her subsequent work was also in collaboration with her husband, including The Last Viking sequence, for ...

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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