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Enjoe Toh

(1972-    ) Pen-name and preferred romanization of an unidentified Japanese author, a former physicist and postgraduate mathematician whose literary experiments have made him a liminal figure between Japan's sf community and the rarefied discourses of literary awards (see Postmodernism and SF). Such straddling of categories began with his debut works, of which his first published story was the surreal "Of the Baseball" (June 2007 Bungaku-kai), although he had previously ...

Eschbach, Andreas

(1959-    ) German author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Dolls" for c't in 1991, and whose first novel, Die Haarteppichknüpfer (1995; trans Doryl Jensen as The Carpet Makers 2005), intriguingly rewrites the normally expansive forms of American Planetary Romance and Space Opera into a bleak, compulsively storyable ideogram of the universe as prison: the carpets made by the titular carpet makers across the galaxy are aesthetically dead Entropic parodies ...

Stapledon, Olaf

(1886-1950) UK author and philosopher, born in the Wirral peninsula near Liverpool, where he spent the greater part of his life. In Waking World (1934) he admitted that he lived "chiefly on dividends and other ill-gotten gains". The name Olaf does not indicate foreign antecedents: his parents had been reading Carlyle's The Early Kings of Norway (coll 1875) when he was born. After studying at Balliol College, Oxford, he worked for a short period without enthusiasm in the family shipping office ...

Alien: Covenant

Film (2017). 20th Century Fox presents a Brandywine Productions, TSG Entertainment and Scott Free Productions film. Directed by Ridley Scott. Written by Michael Green, Dante Harper, John Logan, Dan O'Bannon, Jack Paglen and Ronald Shusett. Cast includes Billy Crudup, Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride and Katherine Waterston. 122 minutes. Colour. / A Spaceship containing a skeleton crew, one thousand human embryos and two thousand colonists held in Cryonic suspension is tricked into ...

Conroy, Rick

Working name of UK author Richard Conroy (?   -    ), best known for his Westerns as by Duke Montana, and for historical Westerns as by Scott Jefferson. He was also active around 1950 as an author of routine Space Operas, almost certainly being responsible for three titles as by Lee Stanton: Mushroom Men of Mars (1951), Seven to the Moon (1951) and Report from Mandazo (1951). Under his own name he wrote Mission from Mars (1952) and Martians in a Frozen World ...

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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