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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 ...

Green, Hank

Working name of US blogger, singer-songwriter and author William Henry Green (1980-    ) who, after much media work, published his first print fiction of substance, the Carls sequence comprising An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (2018) and A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (2020). Carls are an assemblage of sixty-four Robot sculptures suddenly discovered at nexus points in Cities worldwide, ...

Best of Omni Science Fiction

US anthology series that was an offshoot of Omni magazine but which also published original material. The first volume, edited by Ben Bova and Don Myrus, published in March 1980, was all reprint, but was so successful, selling over 300,000 copies in three months, that consideration was given to issuing an all-sf Magazine. In the end a compromise was reached, with each volume a ...

Ignotus Award

The annual Award, similar in scope to the Hugo, presented by the Spanish Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Association during the Spanish Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Convention known as HispaCon. These awards were established in 1991, and are named in honour of Coronel Ignotus, one of the pioneering sf authors in Spain (which see). The voting system consists of two phases: election of finalists and ...

Deepstar Six

Film (1988). Carolco/Tri-Star. Directed and coproduced by Sean S Cunningham. Written by Lewis Abernathy, Geof Miller, based on a story by Abernathy. Cast includes Taurean Blacque, Joyce Collins, Greg Evigan and Miguel Ferrer. 99 minutes. Colour. / A deep-sea missile base is being installed by underwater (see Under the Sea) station DeepStar Six. Explosives open a vast cavern under the ocean floor, in which dwells a monstrous arthropod; it destroys two ...

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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