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Zinoviev, Alexander

(1922-2006) Russian author whose Ziiaiushchie vysoty (1976 Switzerland; trans Gordon Clough as The Yawning Heights 1979) is a raw Satire of the gerontocracy which dominated the USSR at the time of its writing: in a Dystopia known as Ibansk, every citizen is named Ibanov in order that all distinctions be erased; most citizens commit suicide, in due course, in a government crematorium. Svetloe budushchee (1978 Switzerland; trans Gordon Clough as The Radiant Future 1980) is an allegory with sf ...

Woolfolk, William

(1917-2003) US Comics and Television writer and executive from 1941, and author who also wrote as by Winston Lyon. Most of his fiction, beginning with The Naked Hunter (1953), was nonfantastic. Batman vs the Fearsome Foursome (1966) as by Winston Lyon loosely novelized the film Batman (1966) (see Batman Films), the titular foursome being a team-up of regular Villains Catwoman, The Joker, The Riddler and The Penguin. The President's Doctor (1975), about the Svengali-like influence of a doctor on ...

Hawkins, Willard E

(1887-1970) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Dead Man's Tale" for Weird Tales in 1923, and whose Castaways of Plenty: A Parable of our Times (1935) is an anti-capitalist Satire set in the Near Future. He continued to publish stories until 1952, the most notable of these perhaps being Look to the Stars (October 1950 Imagination; 2012 dos). [JC/MA]

Foote, Bud

(1930-2005) Scholar, political activist and music enthusiast; Professor Emeritus at the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Literature, Communication and Culture from 1957-1999 and co-ordinator of one of the first university-level sf courses in America. He is the author of The Connecticut Yankee in the Twentieth Century: Travel to the Past in Science Fiction (1991), which argues that Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889) established the archetype for science ...

Machine, The

Film (2013). Red & Black Films. Directed and written by Caradog W James. Cast includes Jade Croot, Helen Griffin, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, Denis Lawson, Caity Lotz, Jean-Paul Macleod and Toby Stephens. 91 minutes. Colour. / There is no backstory; by the year 2013, it may be, the makers of The Machine felt none would be necessary. The viewer is dumped in medias res into a desolate surveillance-heavy Near Future England just as a Cold War between China and the West has heated up. Teams of ...

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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