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Yücel, Tahsin

(1933-    ) Turkish academic, translator and author; of sf interest is a Near Future novel, Gökdelen (2006; trans Ender Gürol as Skyscraper 2013), whose exceedingly wealthy architect protagonist instigates in 2073 a plan to modernize Istanbul on rigorously Modernist lines: the Utopia being created features a central grid of identical skyscrapers, an emblematic re-creation of the Statue of Liberty hugely larger than the original and with his mother's face, and a ...

Horn, Dara

(1977-    ) US journalist and author whose first several novels comprise a set of nonfantastic explorations of the nature of Jewish life in Europe and America over the past century and a half; the explicit seriousness of this project is leavened in the event through pleasurable narrative ingenuities, and thriller-like plots. The intersecting stories making up her fourth novel, A Guide for the Perplexed (2014), are variously linked to the mediaeval Jewish philosopher Moses ...

Ross, Jean

Pseudonym of UK children's author Irene Dale Hewson, née Richardson (1907-1985), under which she wrote A View of the Island: A Post-Atomic Fairy Tale (1965), in which a group of aristocrats, taking refuge in a Scottish Keep after World War Three, has begun by accident to suffer internal dissension as well as incursions from those who have been killed but do not know they are dead [for Posthumous Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy]; the End of the World is averted, however, by a ...

Robbe-Grillet, Alain

(1922-2008) French screenwriter, director and author not associated directly with sf – or with any other genre, including the noir thriller – except subversively, as his films and novels could plausibly be called Thought Experiments in narrative deconstruction, with every narrative convention deliberately eviscerated, laid out anaesthetized upon the table of the book. As the prime exponent of the nouveau roman, Robbe-Grillet could not be expected to fulfil any normal sf expectations ...

Emerson Lake and Palmer

Also known as ELP. British prog-rock band, formed by Keith Emerson (1944-2016), Greg Lake (1947-2016) and Carl Palmer (1950-    ). The group's second album Tarkus (1971) includes in its 20-minute title-track a multi-part narrative of a monstrous "Tarkus" fighting a Future War in a future (or perhaps Alternate-History) Earth. The evidence of the album cover-art, although not the song's lyrics themselves, presents this Alien as, improbably enough, a hybrid giant armadillo and ...

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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