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Calderon, George

(1868-1915) UK playwright, linguistic scholar, translator and author perhaps best known for his advocacy of the plays of Anton Chekhov, many of which he translated; he died on active service in World War One, aged 46. The Adventures of Downy V Green, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford (1902) is a Fantasy of Manners [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The "Missing Link" protagonist of his sf Satire on Evolution, Dwala: A Romance (1904), is "as like a human [being] as any ape can get" (see ...

Corbett, Julian

(1854-1922) UK author (in his early career) who later became a naval historian (partly for reasons of social prestige). He is the author of a Lost Race tale, Kophetua the Thirteenth (1889 2vols), which describes the ancient Christian kingdom of Oneiria, a Utopia founded in Africa by an Englishman; notably, this utopia, based on a reform of Money, contains within it a Dystopian enclave, where those unfit for the higher life are relegated. [JC]

South Korea

A full entry for sf in South Korea must await a contributor fluent in its language and able to report from the inside on the development of the genre there, and on untranslated works. Authors from South Korea who have entries in this encyclopedia are Bok Geo-Il, Un-Su Kim, Chang-rae Lee and Peter Tieryas. / South Korean contributions to Cinema include the Japanese co-production 2009: Lost Memories (2002), the Kaiju vehicle Yonggary (1999; vt Yonggari; vt Yonggary: 2001 Upgrade Edition; vt ...

Castle, Jack

Pseudonym of US professional stuntman, police officer and author Chris Tortora (?   -    ), in the first capacity employed for about a decade with Universal Studios. His first novel, Europa Journal (2015) – which at some early points is structurally evocative of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) directed by Steven Spielberg and other films involving First Contact such as Stargate (1994) directed by Roland Emmerich – expands into unfettered ...

Carriger, Gail

Pseudonym of US archaeologist and author Tofa Borregaard (1976-    ), who published some early short fiction under her real name, beginning with "A Kind of Malice" in Space and Time for 1999. As Carriger, she has focused almost exclusively on the Parasol Protectorate sequence – the central volumes of which are Soulless (2009), Changeless (2010), Blameless (2010), Heartless (2011) and Timeless (2012) – set in a blamelessly Equipoisal Alternate World version of ...

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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