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A full entry for sf in Armenia must await a contributor fluent in its language and able to report from the inside on the development of the genre there, and on untranslated works. Relevant authors given entries in this encyclopedia are Michael Arlen, of Bulgarian-Armenian origin; the Turkish-Armenia-born US Gregory Casparian; Mariam Petrosyan; and G Gurdjieff. One of Jonathan Swift's many imitators was the Venetian-Armenian Zaccaria Seriman (1708-1784): see Italy. / The country's ...

Terminator, The

Film (1984). Cinema '84/Pacific Western/Orion. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd. Directed by James Cameron. Written by Cameron, Hurd. Cast includes Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. 107 minutes. Colour. / In 2029 CE a vicious Future War between humans and Machines is raging. To ensure their victory, the machines send back a Cyborg Terminator (apparently human, with flesh and blood coating a metal armature and electronic implants) via Time Travel to Los Angeles (see ...

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA), based on the 1994-2006 Manga by Hitoshi Ashinano, which won the 2007 Seiun Award for best Comic of the year. Ajia-do Animation Works. Voice cast includes Akiko Nakagawa, Hekiru Shiina, Ikuko Sugita and Mikio Terashima. / 1. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō (1998; vt Yokohama Shopping Trip). Directed by Takashi Annō. Written by Hitoshi Ashinano. Two 29-minute episodes. Colour. / Alpha (Shiina) is left in charge of a rural cafe after its owner ...

Dickinson, Robert

(1962-    ) UK author whose first novel, The Noise of Strangers (2010), is Dystopia set in a very Near Future Britain dense with justified paranoia; the immediate setting is Brighton, where four couples maintain an increasingly precarious "ordinary" life in a Keep-like enclave; beyond is chaos and termination. The Schism (2013) infiltrates almost to the borders of Fantastika, but its depiction of deranged astrology does not ultimately trespass. But The Tourist (2016) is of ...

Ferman, Joseph W

(1906-1974) US publisher and editor (though the latter in name only), born in Lithuania, in the USA from childhood and naturalized as a US citizen in 1930. After a long career with the magazine American Mercury, Ferman – as general manager of Mercury Publications – become involved with 1947 plans for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, oversaw its launch in 1949, was listed from August 1954 to October 1970 as Publisher and from December 1964 to December 1965 as Editor, a ...

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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