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Pellegrino, Charles R

(1953-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Oh, Miranda!" with George Zebrowski, for F&SF in September 1991. His first novel, Flying to Valhalla (1993), describes the first successful attempt at interstellar flight, accomplished through the Invention of an Antimatter drive. His second, The Killing Star (1995) with George Zebrowski, is a Hard SF tale that begins in what seems to be a successful Near Future for Homo sapiens, with the solar ...

Boyes, Kate

(?   -    ) US author whose first book, Paul McCartney (2003 chap), is a study of the singer-songwriter. She is of sf interest for her first novel, Trapped in the R.A.W. [for full title see Checklist] (2019), a Near Future narrative of its protagonist's survival in an archive library (see Keep) after an Alien Invasion has transformed the world outside; the text we are reading is presented, within an orthodox Ruins and Futurity frame, as having been retrieved ...

Video Girl Ai

Japanese Anime OVA series (1992); original title Denei Shoujo Ai. I.G. Tatsunoko. Based on the Manga by Masakazu Katsura. Directed by Mizuho Nishikubo. Written by Satoru Akahori, Mayori Sekijima and Kuniaki Yamashita. Voice cast includes Yuri Amano, Megumi Hayashibara, Takeshi Kusao, Kenichi Ogata, Hirotaka Suzuoki and Koji Tsujitani. Six 29-minute episodes. Colour. / Teenager Yota Moteuchi's (Kusao) love for Moemi Hayakawa (Amano) is unrequited, as is her love for his best friend Takashi ...

Snedeker, Caroline Dale

(1871-1956) US author, initially of children's books, some of them depicting life in versions of New Harmony, the town of her birth being named after the communitarian Utopia New Harmony created by her grandfather Robert Owen (1771-1858). Seth Way: A Romance of the New Harmony Community (1917) is a fictionalized (and fantasticated) biography of an experimental Scientist and early resident of New Harmony, Indiana, which had been purchased by Owen in 1825 from an earlier utopian society. Her ...

Uncanny Stories

US Pulp magazine, one issue, April 1941, published by Manvis Publications, one of the "Red Circle" magazines published by Martin Goodman; edited by Robert O Erisman. Uncanny contained both sf and weird fantasy, including "The Coming of the Giant Germs" by Ray Cummings, but nothing of importance. Erisman suitably sexed up the story titles, for example making David H Keller's innocuous "The Chestnut Mare" appear as "Speed Will Be My Bride". Uncanny was modelled on the "weird menace" pulps that ...

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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