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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Kiodomari Allan

Most widely used pen-name of Yukie Mizushima (1910-2008), a Japanese author and interpreter, also sometimes credited variously as Aran Kyōdomari, Tarō Mizushima, Ribō, Zeo Kiodomari and Tarō Urashima. The son of the painter and author Niō Mizushima (1884-1958), Kiodomari was born with strong affinities to Japan's intellectual, modernist and artistic communities. A renowned polyglot, supposedly conversant to some extent in thirty languages, he ...

Earth to Echo

Film (2014). Relativity Media presents a Panay Films production. Directed by Dave Green. Written by Henry Gayden and Andrew Panay. Cast includes Brian Bradley, Jason Gray-Stanford, Teo Halm, Reese Hartwig and Ella Wahlestedt. 91 minutes. Colour. / Three Children discover an activation device for a Spaceship buried beneath the town in which they live. / "I think mannequins are hot." / School-friends Alex ...

Jade, Symon

Pseudonym of US author Michael Eckstrom (?   -    ), responsible for the Starship Orpheus sequence of Space Opera adventures, in which a rebel warship flees a repressive galactic empire, and engages in gadfly enterprises: Return from the Dead (1982), Cosmic Carnage (1983) and Alter Evil (1983). The series seems to have been terminated. [JC]

City of Heroes

Videogame (2004). Cryptic Studios (CS). Platforms: Win (2004); Mac (2009). / City of Heroes was a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, set in a "four colour" Superhero world similar to that of classic Comic books from DC Comics and ...

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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