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Seiun Award

["Nebula Award"] The name for a set of genre prizes voted on by members of the annual Japanese Science Fiction Convention. These Awards take their name from the short-lived Seiun ["Nebula"], a single-issue magazine published by Tetsu Yano in 1954, and acknowledged as Japan's first. Despite the titular resemblance to the Nebula awards given by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the convention-going fan-centred voting process and footprint of the Seiun Awards is more similar to that ...

Gannon, Charles E

(1960-    ) US academic, a professor of English at St Bonaventure University, and author. He has worked extensively in Game Design and game writing – especially for the Traveller series of Role Playing Games – as well as working as a scriptwriter and producer in New York City. / He began to publish fiction of genre interest with "The Gift of the Magi" in Invasion (anth 1994) edited by Jerry Pournelle. His first major contribution was the academic study ...

Kinvig

UK tv series (1981). London Weekend Television. Created and written by Nigel Kneale. Produced and directed by Les Chatfield. Cast includes Prunella Gee, Tony Haygarth, Colin Jeavons and Patsy Rowlands. Seven 25-minute episodes. Colour. / This most recent of Kneale's many sf plays and series for television was a sitcom, fuelled apparently by a certain animus against sf Fandom, about two lunatic fans living seedy urban lives, one of whom (Haygarth) has a fat wife (Rowlands) and a fat dog, and ...

Lawrence, Mark

(1968-    ) US-born author mostly in the UK from infancy, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Climb" in O G's Speculative Fiction for 2007; most of his work has been fantasy, including the violent and dark-hued Broken Universe sequence beginning with Prince of Thorns (2011). The Ancestor sequence beginning with Red Sister (2017) takes the form of a Planetary Romance set on Abeth, whose climate is usefully various; it also serves as the venue for a following ...

Shannon, Samantha

(1991-    ) UK author whose Young Adult Paige Mahoney sequence – beginning with The Bone Season (2013), with six further volumes projected – is set in the Near Future of an Alternate History Britain, the Jonbar Point being the 1859 introduction of various forms of Magic, described in sf-like terms as Psi Powers; at points these powers may seem uneasily integrated into the public world, though the young protagonist, whose speciality is Dream Hacking, is part of ...

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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