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Kim, Un-Su

(1972-    ) South Korean author whose first novel Kaebinit (2006; trans Sean Lin Halbert as The Cabinet 2021), deftly Equipoises a Satirical portrait of a late capitalist world in which humans are rigorously defined by surrealistically reductive labels (see Absurdist SF) against an subtextual implication that a Genetic Engineering project (see Eugenics) underlies the patent humiliation of Homo sapiens. / The protagonist of Kim's second novel, Seolgyejadeul (2010; trans ...

Jerome, Jerome K

(1859-1927) UK author and editor best known for humorous writing, in particular the Thames-centred boating travelogue Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) (1889). He is of sf interest as editor of The Idler (which see) from its launch in February 1892, initially with the owner Robert Barr and solo from August 1895 until his resignation in November 1897. In addition, he wrote a few relevant short stories. The New Utopia (in Diary of a Pilgrimage (and Six Essays) coll 1891; 2010 ebook) ...

Brown, Dan

(1964-    ) US author of Technothrillers; his take on this form is unusual in some ways, although the usual threats to the safety – or even existence – of the world remain a staple. The engine that drives all his narratives is the puzzle-solving element. His first novel, Digital Fortress (1998), is a thriller largely about cryptanalysis, and features a vastly powerful Computer that some people fear will allow the National Security Agency intrusively to collect ...

Brain Dead

Film (1989). Concorde/New Horizons. Directed Adam Simon. Written by Charles Beaumont. Cast includes Patricia Charbonneau, Bud Cort, George Kennedy, Bill Paxton, Nicholas Pryor and Bill Pullman. 81 minutes. Colour. / A neurosurgeon (Pullman) is asked to examine a genius (Cort) who has gone mad and killed his family. The surgeon soon finds that his own Identity is being alarmingly eaten away, with his friends, colleagues and wife supporting the process, gradually convincing him that he is the ...

Elton, Ben

Working name of UK television comedian, playwright and author Benjamin Charles Elton (1959-    ), well known for the contumely and sharpness of his early stand-up verbal Satire; in the 1980s, he was equally well-known for his writing and for his delivery of his own scripts. More recently, he has attracted criticism for his more anodyne later work, which includes lyrics for undemanding stage shows, including the jukebox musical We Will Rock You (performed 2002; 2004), set in ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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