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Heroes

Gilgamesh may be the first named hero in what we think of as the Western World. Like him, most heroes in the cultures of the West are passionate, often rebellious, defenders of and bringers of relief to their homelands, and until perhaps Boudicca (floruit 60-61 CE) always male. They often descended from Gods (see Gods and Demons) but are distinct from them, like Hercules; even Prometheus, the paradigm culture hero in the Western tradition, is not a god but a Trickster [for Gilgamesh, Gods, ...

Hall, Steven

(1975-    ) UK author and Videogame writer who has scripted radio dramas for the Doctor Who franchise. His first novel, The Raw Shark Texts (2007), is a Fabulation whose central conceit is the notion of a sharklike conceptual predator that devours information and Memories. The protagonist Eric Sanderson awakens with near-total Amnesia to find a series of complex letters of instruction from his former self "The First Eric Sanderson", conveying semi-scientific, semi-magical ...

Hub Magazine

UK Online Magazine, with the first two issues as a Print Magazine, published and edited by Lee Harris, The Right Hand in York; Alasdair Stuart was the nonfiction editor but became managing editor from #3 (30 January 2009). The first two issues, dated Christmas 2006 and Winter 2007, were printed in an unconventional format (8.25 x 8.25 in; 210 x 210 mm) on glossy paper (see Slick) with good quality picture reproduction though with the text running too close to the edges of the page. Both issues ...

Transporter

Item of sf Terminology denoting a Matter Transmission device (occasionally with the undesired side effect of Matter Duplication), which became generally known through Star Trek. [DRL]

Beukes, Lauren

(1976-    ) South African author, mostly of Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], who began to publish work of genre interest with "Branded" in SL Magazine for 2004. Her first two novels – Moxyland (2008) and Zoo City (2010), which won the Arthur C Clarke Award – suggest en passant sf readings to underpin her narratives; these edgily Equipoisal sf elements have more or less singlehandedly brought Johannesburg into the modern world, as ...

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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