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Kramer, Kathryn

(1945-    ) US academic and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The New Ice Age" for Chomo-Uri in 1980; her first novel, A Handbook for Visitors from Outer Space (1984), is set in an unspecified but Near Future land – which turns out to be New Jersey – in a state of constant War with an unknown enemy. Kramer is not an alternate spelling for Kathryn Cramer, nor is she the author of romance novels named Kathryn Kramer. [JC]

Flower Kings, The

Prolific Swedish prog-rock band, founded in 1993 by guitarist and singer Roine Stolt (1956-    ). The band records in English, and produces lengthy, musically complex albums at a dizzying rate. Back in the World of Adventures (album 1995) is a satisfying if generic collision of Fantasy and sf figures. Retropolis (album 1996) is a concept album set in the titular future-city, in which Judas Iscariot makes a reappearance. Stardust We Are (album 1997) runs to well over two ...

Kosmicheskiy Reys: Fantasticheskaya Novella

Russian film (1935; vt The Cosmic Journey). Mosfilm. Directed by Vasili Zhuravlev. Written by Aleksandr Filimonov, based on the novel Vne zemli (1920; trans as Beyond the Planet Earth 1960) by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. Cast includes Vassili Gaponenko, Sergei Komarov and K Moskalenko. 70 minutes. Black and white. / After their equipment is tested by experimentally sending a cat to the Moon, three people – elderly scientist Pavel Ivanovich Sedikh (Komarov), his beautiful blonde assistant, ...


UK tv serial (1979; vt The Quatermass Conclusion). Euston Films/ITV. Produced by Ted Childs. Directed by Piers Haggard. Written Nigel Kneale. Cast includes Simon MacCorkindale, John Mills and Rebecca Saire. Four 60-minute episodes. Colour. Version for film release (but receiving general release only on videotape) titled The Quatermass Conclusion, 102 minutes. / This fourth and weakest of the Quatermass television serials (see below for details of the others) was written in the late 1960s ...

Mroƶek, Slawomir

(1930-2013) Polish cartoonist, playwright and author, most of his output being absurdist dramas (see Fabulation) beginning with Policja ["The Police"], published in 1958. Several of these are assembled in Six Plays (coll trans N Bethell 1967); a further play, Vatzlav (1970; trans Ralph Manheim 1970 chap), is set in a mythical metamorphosis-engendering tyranny evocative of the works of Franz Kafka. The short stories in Slón (coll 1957; trans Konrad Syrop as The Elephant 1962) and The ...

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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