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Thomas, D M

(1935-2023) UK poet and author who made use of sf themes most explicitly in such early Poetry as "The Head-Rape" in New Worlds for March 1968 and the two-part "Computer 70: Dreams & Lovepoems" (March-April 1970 New Worlds), a sequence assembled with other poetry of interest in Logan Stone (coll 1970); or the later "S. F." (in The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, anth ...

Clift, Bethany

(?   -    ) UK filmmaker, screenwriter and author whose first novel, Last One at the Party (2021), is set in a Near Future world where the Covid-19 Pandemic has been succeeded by a second, far more devastating plague known as 6DM: six days being the maximum time a sufferer can survive. The protagonist, who may be the only human being left (see Last Man), ...

Armstrong, Jennifer

(1961-    ) US author, almost exclusively fiction and nonfiction for children and the Young Adult audience, almost none of this output (approximately 50 titles) being of sf interest. But the remarkable Young Adult Fire-Us sequence comprising Fire-Us, Book 1: The Kindling (2002), Fire-Us, Book 2: The Keepers of the Flame (2002) and Fire-Us, Book 3: The Kiln (2003), ...

Crilley, Mark

(1965-    ) US creator of the Comic Akiko (1995-current), and of the Akiko series of Young Adult or younger sf adventures, usually in interstellar Space Opera venues lightly spoofed, based on the comic, beginning with Akiko on the Planet Smoo (2000). Crilley has a modest, comical touch with storyline, though he has not seriously stretched himself or ...

Summer Wars

Japanese animated film (2009). Madhouse, NTV, Kadokawa, DN Dream Partners, Vap, Warner Bors, Yomiuri TV. Directed by Mamoru Hosoda. Written by Satoko Okudera. Cast includes Sumiko Fuji, Ryūnosuke Kamiki, Ayumu Saitō and Nanami Sakuraba. 114 minutes. Colour. / Teenage maths geek Kenji (Kamiki) agrees to help the school beauty Natsuki (Sakuraba) on an unspecified task, only to discover that he must pose as her boyfriend ...

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. ...

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