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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Cordy, Michael

(1961-    ) UK author whose first novel, The Miracle Strain (1997), suggests that, through Near Future developments in DNA research, a new Messiah – whose genetic makeup will replicate Jesus Christ's unique makeup, and who will therefore be able to heal the sick, etc – can be found, thus satisfying the long-held plans of a secret Brotherhood, which has existed since the first Messiah's death. Crime Zero ...

Flip Flappers

Japanese animated tv series (2016). Studio 3Hz. Directors include Kiyotaka Oshiyama. Writers include Yuniko Ayana and Naoki Hayashi. Voice cast includes Mao Ichimichi, Ai Kayano, Ayaka Ohashi, Minami Takahashi and Kenjirô Tsuda. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / In a Near Future Japan, reserved schoolgirl Cocona (Takahashi) meets the enthusiastic Papika (Ichimichi), a member of the agency FlipFlap; accompanied by ...

Skinner, Michael

(1953-    ) US journalist, editor and author, mostly of nonfiction books about the American military during the 1980s. Of sf interest is the Near Future Technothriller First Air: A Novel of Air Combat in the Persian Gulf (1991), set after Iran has nuked Baghdad, trapping American forces who can only be rescued by a maverick private corporation whose advanced planes are operated by madcap fighter ...

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

Japanese animated tv series (2020). Original title Otome Gēmu no Hametsu Furagu Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shite Shimatta. Based on the Light Novel by Satoru Yamaguchi. Silver Link. Directed by Keisuke Inoue. Written by Megumi Shimizu. Voice cast includes Saori Hayami, Inori Minase and Maaya Uchida. 24 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Falling into a coma following an accident causes Caterina Claes ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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