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Robinson, Robert

(1927-2011) UK radio and television broadcaster – very popular in both media – whose career began with journalism and who published three novels, of which The Conspiracy (1968) is a mannered sf Satire. A worldwide cabal of politicians (including the UK Prime Minister) plans to reduce Overpopulation via contraceptives in the water supply; news of this is leaked to would-be whistleblowers whose counter-plot to expose the truth on UK television fails through general ineptitude. ...

Richardson, Nancy

(?   -    ) US author of a series of Ties to the Star Wars universe, the Star Wars: Junior Jedi Knights sequence beginning with Star Wars: Junior Jedi Knights #1: The Golden Globe (1995). [JC]

Robots [film]

Animated film (2005). Blue Sky Studios/ 20th Century Fox. Directed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha. Written by David Lindsay-Abaire, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, based on a story by Ron Mita, Jim McClain and Mita. Cast includes Halle Berry, Mel Brooks, Ewan McGregor and Robin Williams. 91 minutes. Colour. / Were it not for the quality of the CGI, one would be forgiven for thinking this example of committee-designed Edisonade had been released in the previous century. Rodney ...

Wyndham, John

That portion of his full name used by UK author John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris (?1903-1969) after World War Two, and by far his best-known byline; before World War Two, he had published work as John Beynon Harris, John Beynon, Wyndham Parkes, Lucas Parkes and Johnson Harris. As well as changing names with frequency, and, according to an intensely argued speculation by David Ketterer, obscuring the fact that he was born out of wedlock precisely a year earlier than his official date of ...

Cridge, Annie Denton

(1825-1875) UK-born suffragist, socialist, lecturer and author, in USA from around 1842; mother of Alfred Denton Cridge. Of sf interest is Man's Rights: or, How Would You Like It?: Comprising Dreams (coll of linked stories 1870 chap), a Utopia set on Mars which explores the Satirical implications of Gender reversal through a series of dreams: men are seen obsessing over the finery they bedeck themselves in to gain a good marriage, complaining about endless housework. Automated kitchens are then ...

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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