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Kornher-Stace, Nicole

(1983-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Pieces of Scheherazade" in Zahir for March 2006; her first novel, Desideria (2008), though it resists generic fixing, presents its Amnesia-afflicted protagonist (see Women in SF) in a manner typical of twenty-first century Fantastika. The Winter Triptych (2011 chap) though similarly challenging in its handling of material, is most easily understood as fantasy. The Young Adult Archivist Wasp Saga sequence ...

Bleackley, Horace

(1868-1931) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "What Might Have Been" (April 1902 The Windsor Magazine), and whose Anymoon (1919) is an anti-socialist Dystopia set in a Near Future Britain. [JC]

Promare

Japanese animated film (2019). Trigger, X FLAG. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. Written by Kazuki Nakashima. Voice cast includes Arata Furuta, Kenichi Matsuyama, Masato Sakai and Taichi Saotome. 111 minutes. Colour. / Thirty years ago, random humans – now called the Burnish – spontaneously developed pyrokinetic (see Psi Powers) abilities, and half the world's population died in the subsequent conflagrations. In the present day, the City of Promepolis's departments include Burning ...

Wolf, David

(1951-    ) US physiologist and author, a research scientist whose experience is reflected in his sf novel, King of Infinite Space: A Murder Mystery (1998), a medical Technothriller in which young women are experimentally enclosed in giant water-filled capsules (see Sex; Women in SF), where their thoughts are exposed by a kind of mechanized Telepathy. [JC]

Card Game

Term used to describe a form of Game played with physical cards, generally made from paper, cardboard or plastic, and marked with symbols that make them part of a set. Playing cards appear to have been invented in ancient China at some point between the ninth and thirteenth Centuries CE; some confusion arises from the fact that the earliest examples seem to have been "domino cards" marked with the possible results of throwing a pair of six-sided dice, rather than sets employed for actual Card ...

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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