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Babylon 5

US tv series (1993-1998). Babylonian Productions for Warner Bros. Television. Created by J Michael Straczynski. Producers include Straczynski, John Copeland, and Douglas Netter. Directors include Michael Vejar, David J Eagle, Janet Greek, and Jim Johnston. Writers include Straczynski, Lawrence G DiTillio, D C Fontana, Peter David, Harlan Ellison, and Neil Gaiman. Cast includes Richard Biggs (Doctor Stephen Franklin), Bruce Boxleitner (Captain John Sheridan; season 2-5), Claudia Christian ...

Rogers, Wayne

Pseudonym of US journalist and editor Archibald Bittner (1897-1966), who edited The Argosy from 9 June 1928 to 1931 under his own name; as Rogers (at some point he probably changed his name legally to Wayne Rogers) he was active in the Pulp magazines from 1932, beginning with "Yellow Treasure" for Thrilling Adventures in May 1932; he also wrote some stories as by Conrad Kimball. He may now be best known for his novel-length contributions to the long Spider sequence of sf-inflected stories (see ...

Freitas, Emilia

(1855-1908) Brazilian author whose work has been rediscovered and re-evaluated in recent decades after many years in obscurity. She wrote poetry and articles from an early age, and was very active in the literary life of Fortaleza, the capital of her native State of Ceará, collaborating in Magazines and newspapers, while earning her living as a teacher in public schools in Fortaleza and also in Manaus (the capital of Amazonas) where she spent part of her life. / Freitas is now ...

Fantasy

There is no Definition of SF that excludes fantasy, other than prescriptive definitions so narrow that, were they applied, this encyclopedia would be reduced to ten per cent of its present length. We are talking about problems of definition raised by not a minority but a majority of all genre writings. Among the Genre-SF writers at least some of whose work would be excluded are Terry Bisson, Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, John Crowley, Avram Davidson, Samuel R Delany, Thomas M Disch, Harlan ...

Settle, Elkanah

(1648-1724) UK poet, journalist and playwright, active from 1666; fully and controversially involved, first as a Whig and then a Tory, in the tempestuous political life of his time. Of sf interest is The World in the Moon: An Opera [for subtitle see Checklist below] (performed 1697; 1697), an elaborate comedy taking much of its story from Francis Godwin's The Man in the Moone (1638), set partly on Earth and partly on the Moon, which is inhabited by figures (from Earth) who are subject to some ...

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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