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Hofstadter, Douglas

(1945-    ) US academic and computer scientist, currently professor of cognitive science at Indiana University, whose massive popular-science book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid (1979) won a Pulitzer Prize and has influenced sf thinking about Computers and AI. GEB, as it is often abbreviated, explores related Paradoxes of recursion – Hofstadter calls these "strange loops" – in the spheres of Mathematics, Illustration (in particular M C Escher's ...

Grandville, J J

Pseudonym of French caricaturist and illustrator Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard (1803-1847), active from the mid-1820s to 1835, primarily as a caricaturist (until the imposition of prior censorship on political cartoons in 1835). He is of overall interest as a creator of images of Fantastika beginning with Les Métamorphoses du jour ["Metamorphoses of the Day"] (graph 1829) [for revised edition see Checklist], featuring caricatures of known figures conveyed through images with human ...

Yoon, David

(circa 1972-    ) US author whose first two books are nonfantastic Young Adult tales; he is of sf interest for Version Zero (2021), which is set in a Near Future world. The protagonist of the tale, feeling victimized by the Media Landscape environment of his place of employment, takes revenge by attempting to reboot the Internet with the intention of improving the world. The consequences of unravelling contemporary life are subject to Satire. [JC]

Theroux, Marcel

(1968-    ) Uganda-born broadcaster and author, in UK from early childhood, son of Paul Theroux. Of his novels, The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes: A Paper Chase (2001) hints at the fantastic in its conflation of a recently dead relative of the narrator and Mycroft Holmes (see Sherlock Holmes); and The Secret Books (2017), by treating the past century of European history as a story that Story itself makes more real, generates a sense that the anachronisms that suffuse it ...

Speight, E E

(1871-1949) UK teacher, publisher and author, most of whose adult life was spent fulfilling academic roles in Japan and India. Most of his work as an author is nonfiction, usually textbooks designed for use, mostly for Indian students. Of sf interest is The Galleon of Torbay [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1908), a Lost Race tale in which a group of settlers from Torbay, Devon are lost deep in America beyond Virginia, and establish a civilization in conjunction with survivors of the Toltec ...

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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