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Weinbaum, Batya

Working name of US critic, academic, poet, editor and author Betty Susan Weinbaum (1952-    ), most of her work being focused on women's studies (see Feminism) within and without the regions of Speculative Fiction, or more broadly Fantastika. She founded and edits the feminist journal Femspec, which publishes fiction and nonfiction, also editing a selection from its first years, Feminist Voices: The Best of Femspec's Creative Work: The First Ten Years (anth 2013). Her own ...

Chester, Lillian

(1887-1961) US screenwriter and author who seems to have worked exclusively in collaboration with her husband, George Randolph Chester, after their marriage in 1911; it now seems unclear who was the senior partner (the two credited each other generously), though in the early twentieth century her husband was assumed to dominate. Of his (or their) works of interest, only The Ball of Fire (1914), a Near Future tale in which a magnate comes to dominate the Transportation networks of the world, is ...

Rohmer, Sax

Pseudonym of UK stage lyricist, journalist and author Arthur Henry Ward (1883-1959), who began calling himself Arthur Sarsfield Ward after his mother's death in 1901; he signed some early stories as A Sarsfield Ward, including his first work of genre interest, "The Mysterious Mummy" in Pearson's Weekly for the Christmas Issue, 24 November 1903. He also published various early work in Cassell's Magazine, Chambers Journal, Collier's Weekly, The Premier Magazine and numerous other early general ...

Rice, Harry E

(?   -?   ) US author of Eve and the Evangelist: A Romance of A D 2108 (1908), a Utopia set in distant Near Future America, according to strict financial criteria (see Economics) that limit personal wealth to $50,000; great advances in Transportation are described at some length, as well as intercontinental travel by either by Rocket using a new Power Source or Underground, and Communication with Mars has been achieved. Much is learned from the gigantic, ...

Saadawi, Ahmed

(1973-    ) Iraqi screenwriter, poet, documentary film maker and author; he is of sf interest for Farankanstayin fi Baghdad ["Frankenstein in Baghdad"] (2013; trans Jonathan Wright as Frankenstein in Baghdad 2018), set in 2005 during the American occupation of Iraq. A Baghdad merchant sews together the body parts of victims of the violence that spring; this spatchcocked corpse is soon possessed by the recently dead soul of a security guard (see Fantastika; Frankenstein ...

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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