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Wilson, G Willow

(1982-    ) US author whose first works were Graphic Novels, beginning with the Young Adult Cairo: A Graphic Novel (graph 2007), a tale which incorporates aspects of her own life story – she converted to Islam while teaching in Cairo during 2003 – into contemporary Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], combining noir encounters with organized crime, and djinns. The Air sequence of connected stories and larger tales, beginning with Air ...

Higginbottom, W Hugh

(1881-1937) UK artist and author of King of Kulturia (1915), a Near Future Satire on the deficiencies of German culture as they were revealed during World War One; in this period, satirical English takes on Germany commonly spelled culture with a k. The tale, set in 1920, is digressive. [JC]

Key, Ted

(1912-2008) US cartoonist and author born Theodore Keyser, active as a cartoonist from the early 1930s, his most famous cartoon creation being the Hazel strip for the Saturday Evening Post, which was adapted as a 1961-1965 television series. In the 1950s he adopted the surname Key that had been taken by his father during World War One. His children's story The Biggest Dog in the World (1960 chap), about a dog which grows enormous (see Great and Small), was filmed as the sf Digby, the Biggest ...

Bierbower, Austin

(circa 1844-1913) US academic and author whose Prehistoric SF tale, From Monkey to Man, or Society in the Tertiary Age: A Story of the Missing Link [for full title see Checklist] (1894), suggests the Ice Age (see Climate Change) as the effective cause of the Missing Link's expulsion from the Garden of Eden, which is located in the heart of what would become the United States; and that proto-men's struggles with snakes were the reason the Serpent has subsequently been symbolized as Evil (see ...


Film (2010). Lionsgate and Film Finance Corporation Australia present a Lionsgate/Paradise production in association with the Pacific Film and Television Commission and Furst films. Written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. Cast includes Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Claudia Karvan and Sam Neill. 98 minutes. Colour. / Above-average sf Vampire film set in a Near Future where a viral Pandemic has turned most of the human race into nocturnal photophobic Immortals, who farm the dwindling ...

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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