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Beaumont, Roger

(1935-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Trade-Off" as R A Beaumont for Analog in February 1973. His one sf novel, published by Robert Hale Limited, is Deep Space Processional (1982) with R Snowden Ficks, a Space Opera featuring Aliens and court intrigue in a Galactic Empire which is a reborn British Empire. [DRL]

Simon, Francesca

(1955-    ) US-born author, in UK from early adulthood; she initially concentrated on books for younger children, like the Horrid Henry sequence beginning with Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine (2012), but is of more direct interest for the sharply Equipoisal Norse Gods sequence comprising Sleeping Army (2011) and The Lost Gods (2014), set in an Alternate World where the Norse Gods exist, and are considerably more hands-on than the Christian God of this world. The ...

Rowcroft, Charles

(1798-1856) UK author, in Australia between 1821 and 1825, perhaps best known for his Australian adventure fiction assembled in Tales of the Colonies (coll 1843) and its successors. In his sf novel, The Triumph of Woman: A Christmas Story (1848), an inhabitant of sexless Neptune (see Outer Planets) visits a German, with whose daughter he falls in love amid erudite discussions of Neptunian science. The plot then devolves into a Satirical travelogue, mainly targeted at women (see Feminism; Women ...

Cat Soup

Japanese animated film (2001; vt Nekojiru-sō). J.C. Staff. Directed by Tatsuo Satō. Produced by Yuji Matsukura. Written by Nekojiru, Tatsuo Satō and Masaaki Yuasa. No voice cast. 34 minutes. Colour. / Made in tribute to the Manga artist "Nekojiru", which roughly translates as "cat soup" – real name Chiyomi Hashiguchi (1967-1998) – who created the cute anthropomorphized cats Nyatta and Nyako. / Whilst drowning in the bath Nyatta sees his sickly sister led away ...


Film (2009). Constantin Film/Impact Pictures. Produced by Paul W S Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer, directed by Christian Alvart. Written by Travis Milloy, based on a story by Alvart and Milloy. Cast includes Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid and Antje Traue. 103 minutes. Colour. / An unremarkable but effective entry into the canon of "monster in a tin can" space Horror films, as exemplified by Alien (1979). Bower (Foster) and Payton (Quaid), flight crew of the Elysium, wake from Suspended ...

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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