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Tidhar, Lavie

(1976-    ) Israeli-born author, in the UK from 2013, most of whose work can perhaps be most easily described in terms of Equipoisal Fantastika and Postmodernism, as his frequent use of Genre SF topoi is deliberately estranged. As a teenager he moved with his family to South Africa where he began to read and write in English, later adopting it as his major creative language, though he made his literary debut as a poet with a volume of verse in Hebrew She'eriot Me'elohim ...

Merlin Nostradamus

Pseudonym of Irish author Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904) for The Age of Science: A Newspaper of the Twentieth Century (1877), a Satire purporting to replicate the New Year's Day issue of a 1977 newspaper (hence Nostradamus in his nom de guerre), which reveals the world of a century hence to have become a Dystopia. Medicine, though much advanced technically, has become a tool for the oppression of women (see Feminism); they are forbidden to read or write, and may be institutionalized for mental ...

M-Brane SF

US downloadable and print-on-demand Online Magazine published and edited by Christopher Fletcher, initially in Oklahoma City, and from April 2010 in St Louis, and became part of M-Brane Press. It was published monthly, with occasional delays, from January 2009 to June 2011, with a final thirtieth issue in February 2012. The print version was letter size and the small print meant that although the early issues ran to about fifty pages, these probably contained over 50,000 words, more than most ...

MacKay, Kenneth

(1859-1935) Australian soldier, politician, sportsman and author whose Yellow Peril tale, The Yellow Wave: A Romance of the Asiatic Invasion of Australia (1895), describes a Chinese Invasion in 1954 under the guidance of Russia, the romance which causes the death of the secret leader of the invaders and the Australian he loves, and the continuing war which the Australians seem likely to lose. MacKay was given an OBE in 1920. [JC] see also: Australia. /


US Comic-book series by writer/artist Terry Moore, published by his company Abstract Studios in 30 black-and-white issues (March 2008-June 2011), later collected in Graphic Novel form (six volumes 2008-2011). Inspired by the Large Hadron Collider and similar innovations in modern Physics, the story revolves around Julie Martin, a woman who has accidentally become imprinted with the remains of a liquid-metal battle suit, which makes her unpredictably powerful and almost invulnerable. The suit ...

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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