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Keating, H R F

(1926-2011) UK author, active from the late 1950s, almost all of his work being detective novels, notably those featuring Inspector Ghote of the Bombay CID, though he wrote some ghost stories. Novels of sf interest include The Strong Man (1971), a Dystopian tale set on the Atlantic Island of Oceana south of Ireland; its name echoes George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). Oceana's tyrannical dictator Mylchraine, despite his manipulation of his subjects' addiction to witchcraft, finds ...

Singh, Vandana

(?1962-    ) Indian-born teacher and author, currently in the USA, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Room on the Roof" in Polyphony (anth 2002) edited by Jay Lake and Deborah Layne, which was followed up by such ambitious work as "Delhi" (in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy, anth 2004, ed Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan), where the titular City is both celebrated and recast in sf terms. With the exception of the two ...

Monroe, Keith

(1915-2003) US author best known for juvenile sf (and also much nonfiction) aimed at Boy Scouts. In the Time Machine series (1959-1989) – comprising 16 stories as by Donald Keith in collaboration with his father Donald Monroe (1888-1972) and seven by Monroe alone – an abandoned Time Machine enables adventures for the Scout patrol that finds it. As lifelong Scout leaders, the Monroes brought verisimilitude to their Scouting milieu. The luxurious Machine has spatial navigation as ...

Shadows House

Japanese animated tv series (2021). Based on the Manga by So-ma-to. CloverWorks. Directed by Kazuki Ōhashi. Written by Toshiya Ōno. Voice cast includes Takaya Hashi, Akari Kitō, Yū Sasahara and Shino Shimoji. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / "Living Dolls" awake in the children's building of a large manorial estate, to be told they have been created as servants and companions to silhouette-like nobles called Shadows. These have black and featureless bodies; the ...

Walter, W Grey

(1910-1977) American-born neurophysiologist, cyberneticist and author, in the UK from 1915. He was a pioneer, between 1936 and 1956, of the development and use of electroencephalography in the UK; his early popular study, The Living Brain (1953), was influential in its time. In the late 1940s he constructed early Robots known as tortoises, capable of locating a recharging point when their batteries ran low, and of being "taught" through simple conditioned reflexes. His sf novel, Further Outlook ...

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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