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Potts, F E

(?   -    ) US pilot and author of PDU-1: A Novella of the Remote Future (2000) in which an encoded entity (see AI) in Cyberspace describes her adventures as an embodied human figure: which may be a digital configuration, or something more. [JC]

Thompson, Tade

(1970s-    ) UK psychiatrist and author, in Nigeria from around 1976 to 1998; he began publishing work of genre interest with "The McMahon Institute for Unquiet Minds" in Ideomancer for September 2005, set in a post-Invasion London. His first novel, Making Wolf (2015), which won a Kitschies Golden Tentacle award as best debut, is an intricate gonzo thriller set in an Alternate History version of a country not here called Nigeria, which at points edges surreally into the ...

Frost, Thomas

(1821-1908) UK author of radical leanings – he was particularly active in the 1840s as a Chartist and as a writer who came close to espousing revolutionary actions – perhaps best known for his first volume of autobiography, Forty Years' Recollections, Literary and Political (1880). The North Pole, and Charlie Wilson's Adventures in Search of It (dated 1876 but 1875) as "By The Author of 'The Realm of the Ice King'" is a Fantastic Voyage tale whose young protagonist, maturing fast on ...

Dawn of the Dead

Film (1978; vt Zombie Italy; vt Zombies UK). Laurel. Directed by George Romero. Written by Romero, with Dario Argento (who also cowrote the music) as script consultant. Cast includes David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H Reininger and Gaylen Ross. 127 minutes, cut to 125 minutes. Colour. / The first of three sequels to Night of the Living Dead (1968) – the others are Day of the Dead (1985) and Land of the Dead (2005) – this was (unusually) premiered in Italy, under the title Zombie. ...

Belden, Wilanne Schneider

(1925-    ) US author, mostly of Young Adult titles, whose Mind sequence – comprising Mind-Call (1981), Mind-Hold (1987) and Mind-Find (1988) – places a moderately dysfunctional family with Psi Powers in a Post-Holocaust environment, for they live in California after a vast earthquake has essentially destroyed the state. The interactions between two siblings, one a controlling empath and the other a sociopathic Telekinetic, move the long story slowly on. She has ...

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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