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Yates, Frances A

(1899-1981) UK academic and author, active from the mid-1920s, associated with the Warburg Institute from 1941 until her death. Her influence on sf has been indirect, though her ideas and discoveries have had a pervasive influence on authors of Fantastika in general, notably including John Crowley and Gene Wolfe (see Memory). Beginning with her first full-length publication, John Florio: The Life of an Italian in Shakespeare's England (1934), she engaged in revelatory explorations of figures ...

First Person Shooter

Term used to describe a form of Videogame distinguished by a three-dimensional character's eye view of the world and fast paced, often violent, gameplay which requires players to react rapidly and acquire physical skills. "First Person" refers to the camera position – as opposed to the third person view of the main character used in most graphical Adventures and Computer Role Playing Games – and "Shooter" to the player's most common action. Later examples of the type have added a ...

Seymour, Cyril

Pseudonym of UK author William Robinson (1852-1926), whose The Magic of Tomorrow: Being the Strange True Story of One Who Claimed Foreknowledge of the Day That Never Comes (1903), despite its title, is a nonfantastic tale of the fake who only claims foreknowledge; of some sf interest is Comet Chaos: A Romance of Love, Treasure and Prophecy (1906), a confused tale of treasure-hunting set in an advanced submarine (see Inventions; Under the Sea) as a great Comet threatens to destroy the world, but ...

Meynard, Yves

(1964-    ) Canadian author, fluent in both English and French, who has written in French, in collaboration with Jean-Luc Trudel, as by Laurent McAllister; he began to publish work of genre interest with "Nouvelle Vague" ["New Wave"] in Imagine for March 1988, about two-thirds of his shorter work being written in French. Works in English are usually written directly in that language, not translated by the author from French originals, though some of his short stories have ...

Strikeshoulder, Viter

Pseudonym of US author Wayland Spaulding (1850-1918), apparently most active in Poughkeepsie, New York; his Near Future Satire, When Theodore Is King [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1907 chap), lampoons the political ascendancy of President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) after working-class unrest beginning in 1907 and climaxing two years later with his ascension to the newly-created throne, with Canada begging to unite with the new monarchy. The book, which is dated 1909, is told in ...

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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