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Kingsnorth, Paul

(1972-    ) UK journalist and author, active from the early 1990s, much of whose nonfiction has dealt with the planetary environment, his earlier work focusing on Ecology as such, though the devouring issue of Climate Change clearly became of increasing concern. He is of sf interest for the Buccmaster trilogy comprising The Wake (2015), Beast (2017) and Alexandria (2020); the first volume, couched in a manufactured amalgam of Old English and easily readable late Middle ...

Southland Tales

Film (2007). Universal Pictures and Cherry Road Films present a Cherry Road Films/Darko Entertainment and MHF Zweite Academy Film production in association with Inferno Distribution and Eden Roc Productions with Persistent Entertainment. Written and directed by Richard Kelly. Cast includes Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dwayne Johnson, Christopher Lambert, Jon Lovitz, Mandy Moore, Miranda Richardson, Seann William Scott and Justin Timberlake. 145 minutes. Colour. / Three years after nuclear ...

Wasserman, Robin

(1978-    ) US author of Young Adult fiction whose first series, the Chasing Yesterday sequence beginning with Awakening (2007), follows the attempts to recover herself of a young woman who awakens with Amnesia in an apocalyptic ruin. Trying to recover from a similar state of Identity loss, the young protagonist of the Skinned/Cold Awakening sequence beginning with Skinned (2008; vt Frozen 2009) finds herself in an artificial body after her own has been destroyed; the Near ...

Shear, David

(1938-2007) US biophysicist and author whose Near Future sf novel, Cloning (1972), complicatedly entwines the presence of Androids and Cloning in the world of 2020; the protagonist, a molecular biologist who is an unknowing member of a cluster of clones, must cope with profound issues of Identity, dramatized through an Android campaign for equal rights with humans. [JC]

Landon, Brooks

(?   -    ) US teacher and academic, with the University of Iowa from 1978, full professor from 1990; much of his work has focused on science fiction. His primary focus is on Genre SF in various essays and in Science Fiction After 1900: From the Steam Man to the Stars (1997), which provides useful narrative synopses of several significant titles, including William Gibson's Neuromancer (1984), though most authors of recent decades are listed rather than ...

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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