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Sansal, Boualem

(1949-    ) Algerian engineer, government official and author. His books have been banned in his native land (where he continues to live) since 2006, apparently for their ruthlessly secular and internationalist approach to complex political, moral and religious dilemmas, an angle of vision signalled in his first novel, Le Serment des barbares ["The Barbarians' Oath"] (1999), a detective novel in which Algeria is seen still locked in the abyss of its colonial experience (see ...

Child, Heather

(?   -    ) UK virtual marketer and author whose first novel, Everything About You (2018), is set in an only moderately Dystopian Young Adult Near Future Britain, where a teenage girl, gains access to an Avatar of her desperately missed dead sister via a Virtual Reality interface. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the AI within the ghost within the machine begins to gain assurance. [JC]

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Film (1999). A Lucasfilm Ltd Production. Directed by George Lucas. Written by Lucas. Cast includes Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson and Natalie Portman. 133 minutes. Colour. / Although the work of a man in his fifties, The Phantom Menace is the most juvenile of the Star Wars films. The opening film in a prequel trilogy, the movie suffers from being a first act. Characters are introduced, future events are foreshadowed, but very little actually happens. The Phantom ...

Odell, Samuel W

(1864-1948) US lawyer and author of two sf books, Atlanteans; Adam Lore's Choice: Stories for Young Men (coll 1889) and The Last War; Or, The Triumph of the English Tongue [for full title see Checklist] (1898). In the latter, a Future-Warstory set in the twenty-sixth century, the highly civilized all-White Allied Anglo-American Nations decide, more in sorrow, to engage in "war to the end" against a miscegenate evil empire controlled by the Russian Czar, destroying millions of the foe before ...

Chancellor, J W

(1876-1954) US lawyer, inventor and author of Through the Visograph (1928) which, though published by a vanity press, has aroused some mild interest for its use of the eponymous Time Viewer to examine life ten million years ago, an epoch which could boast of two polar satellites and spaceflight. [JC]

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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