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Gilbert, Stephen

(1912-2010) Irish businessman, journalist and author whose first novel, The Landslide (1943), is of sf interest, being a Parallel-World fantasy of some complexity in which primeval eggs, exposed by the titular event, begin to hatch into dragons; his second sf novel, Monkeyface (1948), movingly explores the familiar territory of the self-aware ape (see Apes as Human); his third, ...

Murray, Andrew Hunter

(1987-    ) UK journalist, podcaster and author, who is of sf interest for his first novel, The Last Day (2020), set in a Near Future world whose rotation has been halted through the gravitational influence of a visiting dwarf Star (see Scientific Errors). London luckily – perhaps because the Prime Meridian runs through its heart? ...

Barlow, Steve

(?   -    ) Pseudonym of Steve Lowe, UK author of two Star Wars parodies – Star Bores (1999) and Star Bores: The Prequel (2004 dos) – both with Steve Skidmore. Barlow and Skidmore have collaborated on very many books and scripts for child and Young Adult readers. The Outernet sequence involves Cyberspace derring-do in the galactic ...

Ness, Patrick

(1971-    ) US author resident in the UK whose first novel, The Crash of Hennington (2003), imports a herd of rhinos to an American seaside town, where strange events ensue (see Equipoise). He is of sf interest for a Young Adult sequence – the Chaos Walking series comprising Chaos Walking, Book One: The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008), which won the ...


Japanese animated tv series (2003). Madhouse. Directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki. Written by Chiaki J. Konaka. Voice cast includes Satoshi Haga, Takashi Inoue, Shizuka Itou, Shizumi Niki, Kaijiro Tanaka and Hiroshi Tsuchinada. 22 25-minute episodes. Colour. / The Underground City of Lux is controlled by various gangs, several of which are united under the Oruganu, led by Keigo ...

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. ...

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