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Emecheta, Buchi

(1944-2017) Nigerian-born author, in the UK from 1962, author of a number of semi-autobiographical, feminist novels which vividly describe the lives of African women in the industrial UK during the years of its decline. The Rape of Shavi (1983), set in the Near Future, describes the effect upon the African country of Shavi when a horde of refugees from a European nuclear Holocaust descends like locusts. Kehinde (1994) is a fantasy whose protagonist communes with the spirit of a stillborn twin. ...

Lee, Thomas

(circa 1830-circa 1904) UK author, active in the late nineteenth century, identified by Darko Suvin in Victorian Science Fiction in the UK (1983) as a North London plasterer and publican, though it seems it may be his son, Henry Lee, who was a plasterer. Lee's sf novel, Falsivir's Travels: The Remarkable Adventures of John Falsivir, Seaman, at the North Pole and in the Interior of the Earth, With a Description of their Wonderful People and the Things He Discovered There (1886), is a ...

Moon Zero Two

Film (1969). Hammer/Warner Bros. Directed by Roy Ward Baker. Written by Michael Carreras. Cast includes Adrienne Corri, Warren Mitchell, James Olson and Catherine von Schell. 100 minutes. Colour. / At the same time as the first actual Moon landing, Hammer Films were making this quasi-Western set on the Moon, envisaged as a rip-roaring Frontier area; the results are absurd. One of the hoariest of pulp Western plots is dressed up with a lot of colourful space hardware: a poor but honest space ...

Georges, Karoline

(1970-    ) Canadian artist and author whose first book of sf interest, the Near Future novella La Mue de l'hermaphrodite ["The Moulting of the Hermaphrodite"] (2001) follows the life of a hermaphrodite born through assisted reproduction technology with something unclearly approximating Superpowers, though they are unused in their solitude (see Identity; Posthuman). The story is told as though online. Sous béton (2011; trans Jacob Homel as Under the Stone 2016) ...

Barnes, Colin F

(?   -    ) UK author whose first series, the Techxorcist sequence beginning with Artificial Evil (2012) is set in an artificial world-dominating domed City (see Keep); renamed, the essential overall story seems to continue in the Code Breakers sequence beginning with Code Breakers: Prequel (2014 chap) and Alpha (2014), placed in the same Post-Holocaust world. His second series, the City of Hell Chronicles beginning with City of Hell Chronicles Vol 1 (2011), ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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