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Itäranta, Emmi

(1979-    ) Finnish journalist, scriptwriter and author, resident in England; her first novel, Teemestarin kirja ["The Book of the Master of Tea"] (2012; English version by author as Memory of Water 2014), is a Young Adult tale set in a Dystopian seemingly distant Near Future which is dominated by China and in which Climate Change has caused a profound scarcity of water. The narrative is told with what might be called liquid if sometimes ethereal grace. [JC]

Code 46

Film (2003). The UK Film Council and BBC Films presents in association with United Artists a Revolution Films production. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Cast includes Jeanne Balibar, Nabil Elouahabi, David Fahm, Togo Igawa, Shelley King, Natalie Mendoza, Samantha Morton, Archie Panjabi, Om Puri, Kerry Shale and Nina Wadia. Colour. 93 minutes. / An empath (see Empathy under ESP) investigating an Identity fraud conducts an unlawful love affair with a Clone ...

Stop Susan Williams

US tv series (1979; vt Cliffhangers: Stop Susan Williams). Universal Television for NBC-TV. Created by Kenneth Johnson. Produced by Richard Milton. Directors included Reza Badiyi, Richard S Harwood, Sigmund Neufeld Jr. Writers included Peggy Goldman, Richard Christian Matheson, Andrew Schneider. Cast includes Susan Anton, Marji Dusay (Jennifer Selden), John Hancock (Gold Tooth), T Miratt (Ti), Albert Paulsen, Michael Swan (Jack Schoengarth) and Ray Walston (Bob Richards). Thirteen 20-minute ...

Harper, Kenneth

Probable pseudonym (?   -    ), though his real name has not been securely identified, of the UK author of the MASK sequence of Ties to a series of Toys, beginning with MASK: The Deathstone (1986) and ending with MASK: The Plunder of Glow-Worm Grotto (1987); MASK is an acronym for Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand. [JC]

Wyle, Karen A

(?   -    ) US lawyer and author whose Twin-Bred sequence, beginning with Twin-Bred (2010; rev 2014), examines in some detail the interspecies complications following First Contact between Homo sapiens and the hermaphroditic inhabitants of a planet which the former hope to colonize peacefully (see Colonization of Other Worlds). Attempts to bond the two species through an artificially-induced breeding of twins (one twin of each species) have ambiguous results. ...

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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