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Richardson, Frank

(1870-1917) UK barrister and author, mostly of light fiction; he was the coiner of the term "face-fungus" to describe whiskers. The Bayswater Miracle (1903) mildly examines Gender issues through an Identity Exchange between a man and a woman; though it lacks any sf rationale, it is unusual in that the exchange is irreversible, with the reluctant male narrator, now physically female, marrying his sweetheart, who is now male, and glad to be relieved of the burden of womanhood: an outcome which, ...

Bolivia

Science fiction in Bolivia is permeated with indigenous Myths of Origin (see Mythology) [see also The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and references to national culture. The Bolivian sf genre may be divided into two spheres, respectively relating to the Fantasy world and to sf as a genre that seeks to address both the mythical universe and indigenous heritage. / Bolivian writers (and also foreigners) are drawn to thinking upon the nature of their mythical roots and their origins ...

Pathologic

Videogame (2006; vt Pestilence: The Utopia in Russia). Ice-Pick Lodge. Designed by Nikolay Dybowskiy. Platforms: Win. / While Pathologic's gameplay resembles that seen in examples of the Survival Horror form, it is perhaps better described as a slow-paced action Adventure, viewed from a first person perspective. The majority of the player's time is spent exploring the game's urban environment, interacting with its inhabitants, and searching for scarce (and often desperately needed) ...

Parker, Daniel

Pseudonym of US author Daniel Ehrenhaft (?   -    ), almost all of whose work has been for the Young Adult market, those books written under his own name not being fantastic. As Parker, he wrote the Countdown Alternate World sequence of twelve novels, published at monthly intervals during 1999, beginning with January (1998) and ending with December (1999). On 1 January 1999, a Disaster reduces the world's population to those nineteen years old and younger. The ...

DeSmedt, Bill

(?   -    ) US computer programmer and author, whose Near Future Archon Sequence, comprising Singularity (2004) and Dualism (2014), dramatizes the Jackson-Ryan Hypothesis that the 1908 Tunguska explosion in Siberia was caused by a microscopic Black Hole, which remains at the Earth's core and threatens the End of the World. The similarities to Greg Bear's The Forge of God (1987), in which a not dissimilar destruction from within is caused by Aliens, are ...

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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