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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 ...

Walking Dead, The [game]

Videogame (2012). Telltale Games. Android, Kindle, IoS, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox360, XBoxOne. / The Walking Dead is a Survival Horror Videogame Comic by Telltale Games. The game takes the form of an interactive story where the player makes decisions, interacts with objects and fights Zombies, although the emphasis is ...

Wilkes, Marilyn Z

(?   -    ) US author of the C.L.U.T.Z. sequence of sf tales for the youngest of Young Adult readers, beginning with C.L.U.T.Z. (1982). The titular acronym stands for Combined Level Unit Type Z, and is the name of an obsolescent Robot who befriends and is befriended by the young protagonist in the distant Near Future. Hi-jinks ensue. [JC]

Pierre, DBC

Pseudonym of Australian author Peter Finlay (1961-    ), the initials of whose pseudonym stand for Dirty But Clean, a reference to the author's adventurous but troubled early life; these early experiences are surreally unpacked in his first novel, Vernon God Little: A 21st Century Comedy in the Presence of Death (2003), a gonzo Bildungsroman which gestures at the fantastic. Conjoined twins in an almost Near Future, ...

Amper, Drax

(?   -    ) UK author, almost certainly pseudonymous, of one routine Space Opera, Far Beyond the Blue: A Science Fiction Thriller (1954). [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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