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Acevedo, Rafael

(1960-    ) Puerto Rican professor of Spanish Literature in the Universidad de Puerto Rico, at Río Piedras, and author. Acevedo is one of the most important poets of the 1980s generation, and a relevant cultural figure on the island of Puerto Rico. He directed the poetry magazine Filo de Juego ["Edge of Game"] and the cultural section En Rojo ["In Red"], published in the weekly magazine Claridad ["Clarity"]. He is also an acclaimed playwright whose plays have been ...

Slater, Ken

(1917-2008) UK bookseller and bibliographer, active in UK Fandom from the 1940s, founding in 1947 Operation Fantast, a network of fans, which – along with the Science Fantasy Society, which he founded in 1948 – nurtured a readership and community during the difficult years after 1945; the Fanzine Operation Fantast (intermittently 1948-1955) was produced in conjunction with this activity, as well as three annual issues of the glossarial Operation Fantast Handbook (1951-1953). In ...

Vourvoulias, Sabrina

(1960-    ) Thai-born author, an American citizen from birth brought up in Guatemala and in USA from the age of fifteen; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Flying with the Dead" in Crossed Genres: Year Two (anth 2010) edited by Kay T Holt, Kelly Jennings and Bart R Leib. Her first novel, Ink (2012), which is set in the very Near Future, dramatizes the global refugee crisis increasingly central to the early twenty-first century world as immigrants to America ...

O'Sheel, Shaemas

(1886-1954) US journalist, poet and author born James Shields, who changed his name as a very young man to its Irish equivalent. He is of sf interest for It Never Could Happen; Or, the Second American Revolution (1932), a future history Future History presented as the 1982 memoir of a key conspirator in the revolution of 1932, which begins in the very Near Future of that year, as the historical "Bonus Expeditionary Force" (brutally put down in real life by President Hoover) regroups behind a ...

Dead Hand

Russian CGI animated web series (2013-2016). Directed by Dima Fedotov. Written by Sergey and Dima Fedotov. Two episodes. Colour. / The first episode, the three-minute Fortress, announces that it is "10 years from beginning of last war" (see World War Three). A plane resembling a futuristic descendant of a Superfortress Heavy Bomber is in flight: its Computer, unable to engage with the pilot (we see a skull through the faceplate of his armoured suit), goes to autopilot and performs the ...

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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