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Schulman, Sarah

(1958-    ) US historian, playwright and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Penis Story" in Things Invisible to See: Gay and Lesbian Tales of Magic Realism (anth 1998) edited by Lawrence Schimel. Most of her early work, including several novels, beginning with her first, The Sophie Horowitz Story (1984), deal with a range of issues, including Feminism, AIDs, often through the use of transgendered protagonists. The Mere Future (2009), a Near Future ...

Ultra Q

Japanese tv series (1965). Original title Urutora Kyū. Developed by Toshihiro Iijima (1932-2021). Tsuburaya Productions. Directors include Kôji Kajita, Samaji Nonagase and Hajime Tsuburaya. Writers include Toshihiro Iijima, Tetsuo Kinjô, Masahiro Yamada and Hiroyasu Yamaura. Cast includes Ureo Egawa, Kenji Sahara, Yasuhiko Saijou and Hiroko Sakurai. 28 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / The series centres on three investigators of the mysterious (though they are absent ...

Singh, Vandana

(?1962-    ) Indian-born teacher and author, currently in the USA, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Room on the Roof" in Polyphony (anth 2002) edited by Jay Lake and Deborah Layne, which was followed up by such ambitious work as "Delhi" (in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy, anth 2004, ed Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan), where the titular City is both celebrated and recast in sf terms. With the exception of the two ...

Wilson, David Alec

(1864-1933) Scottish civil servant (often in India) and author, much of whose career was devoted to defensive studies of Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881); of Modern Lilliput: A History of the Recent Re-Discovery of the Lilliput Archipelago, and What Has Been Happening There (1924), (see Jonathan Swift), a Lost Race tale in which the hidden Island, now rediscovered, proves to boast high Technology and other benefits. Some Satire of the modern world is provided [JC]


The concept in Physics that forms of matter may exist composed of antiparticles, opposite in all quantum properties to the particles which compose ordinary matter, has a special appeal to sf writers. The idea itself was first formulated by the physicist Paul Dirac (1902-1984) in 1930; the confirmation of the existence of such particles soon followed, with the discovery of the positron (antielectron) in 1932. However, although antiparticles have for many years been routinely created in the ...

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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