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Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Fourth Edition. Some sample entries appear below. Click here for the Introduction; here for the masthead; here for Acknowledgments; here for the FAQ; here for advice on citations. Find entries via the search box above (more details here) or browse the menu categories in the grey bar at the top of this page.

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Idol, Billy

(1955-    ) Stage name of UK pop star William Michael Albert Broad, who merits mention here only on account of his album Cyberpunk (1993), a punk-electronica concept album inspired by Idol's reading of William Gibson's Neuromancer. Many of Idol's earlier rock-punk songs are catchy, and some have proved enduring, but this album is very bad. [AR]


A full entry for sf in Armenia must await a contributor fluent in its language and able to report from the inside on the development of the genre there, and on untranslated works. Relevant authors given entries in this encyclopedia are Michael Arlen, of Bulgarian-Armenian origin; the Turkish-Armenia-born US Gregory Casparian; Mariam Petrosyan; and G ...

Drennan, Kathryn M

(1956-    ) US author, married to J Michael Straczynski, with whom she has collaborated on articles; in her own right, she is the author of Babylon 5: Book 9: To Dream in the City of Sorrows (1997), which novelizes episodes from the television show Babylon 5. [JC]

Burstein, Michael A

(1970-    ) US author, science teacher (with a Harvard degree and Boston University Master's in Physics) and science textbook editor who began to publish fiction of genre interest with "TeleAbsence" in Analog for July 1995, a Hugo finalist. He contributed several squibs to the same magazine's Probability Zero department (see Flash Fiction), beginning with ...


UK Print Magazine and Semiprozine published in review-size by PS Publishing, Yorkshire, and edited by Peter Crowther assisted by Nick Gevers, with Gevers becoming the primary editor from issue #11 (Summer 2007). Since issue #18 (Spring 2009) it has treated itself as an Anthology series, rather than a magazine, though it has ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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