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Butterworth, Michael

(1947-    ) UK author, publisher and editor – in the latter capacity initially of the semiprofessional underground magazine Corridor, later called Wordworks, which he re-launched in 2010 as Corridor8 as a contemporary visual art and writing journal, first in print form then as a website. He was cofounder and codirector with David Britton of Savoy Books; more recently, he began also to release books under his own Michael Butterworth imprint. He began publishing sf with ...

Haldane, J B S

(1892-1964) UK biologist and author, brother of Naomi Mitchison, married to Charlotte Haldane (1926-1945); in active service in World War One, beginning 1914; an Indian citizen from 1961. His work in population genetics, and his sophistications of the theory of Evolution to properly incorporate Mendelian genetics, were of contemporary significance (see Biology). He wrote relatively little fiction. My Friend Mr Leakey (coll of linked stories 1937) is a book of light-hearted fantasies for ...

Frayn, Michael

(1933-    ) UK journalist, playwright and author, best known for such work outside the sf field as the novel Towards the End of the Morning (1967; vt Against Entropy 1967), which despite its vt is not sf, and for Copenhagen (performed 1998; 2001), which examines the historical meeting during World War Two between Niels Bohr (1885-1962) and Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976). The Tin Men (1965) is a very funny Satire on the Computer simulation of human consciousness and thought, ...

Tetsuo II: Bodyhammer

Film (1991). Kaiju Theatre Production for Toshiba EMI. Co-executive producer, director, co-cinematographer, editor, screenplay Shinya Tsukamoto. Cast includes Nobu Kanaoka, Tomoroh Taguchi, Tsukamoto and Toraemon Utazawa. 83 minutes. Colour. / This is in many ways a remake two-years later of Tetsuo, this time with professional backing and shot in colour. An office-worker (Taguchi, who also starred in the previous film) who is Amnesiac about his childhood is maddened by the kidnapping and ...

Horace, Lillian Jones

(1880-1965) US teacher and author whose Five Generations Hence (1916) as Mrs Lillian B Jones is the first Utopia published by a Black woman in America. Its protagonist, devastated by an initial true vision of the conditions of life for Blacks in contemporary America, has a second vision of life five generations hence in Africa, of a country where all are equal. She then dedicates herself to bringing this vision about. [JC]

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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