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Petrosyan, Mariam

(1969-    ) Armenian cartoonist, painter and author whose first novel, Dom, v kotorom ... (2009; trans Yuri Machkasov as The Gray House 2017), is an exercise in intensely Political Fantastika. The eponymous house – a Keep-like Zone containing portals to other Dimensions – can be understood to satirize (see Satire) the pecksniff bureaucratic lunacies at the heart of any modern hierarchical label-obsessed state [for Estates Satire see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy ...

Siegel, Richard

(1955-2018) US illustrator, Comics artist, filmmaker and author whose one sf novel is Alien Plague (1979) as by Stephard Noir, in which a medical Disaster is sourced to the Outer Planets. Under his own name, he is best known for an sf Satire framed as a photo-documentary, The Extraterrestrial Report: The First Fully Documented Account Exposing the Awful Danger from Beyond (graph 1978) with John H Butterfield, which spoofs various Paranoias, including UFO "sightings". The nonfiction Alien ...

Okri, Ben

(1959-    ) Nigerian journalist and author mostly in UK from 1978, active from the mid 1970s. Most of his novels, beginning with Flowers and Shadows (1980) and including his best known title, The Famished Road (1991), fit loosely into an understanding of Fantastika less focused on its transgressiveness within an anglophone context, than upon a sense that his work does not visibly struggle against imposed conventions as to the real and the unreal. It is clear that he finds ...

Village, The

Film (2004). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Blinding Edge Productions/Scott Rudin production. Written and directed by M Night Shyamalan. Cast includes Adrien Brody, Brendan Gleeson, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver. 103 minutes. Colour. / An enigmatic preindustrial community menaced by half-glimpsed Monsters haunting the surrounding woods is shocked by an attempted murder, prompting the victim's blind betrothed (Howard) to ...

Geissler, Ludwig A

(?   -?   ) US author, not to be confused with the American writer Ludwig S Geissler, or with several Germans with the same name; his Looking Beyond: A Sequel to "Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy, and an Answer to "Looking Forward" by Richard Michaelis (1891), is a Sequel by Other Hands which, with some ingenuity, treats the return to 1888 of Julian West, Edward Bellamy's original protagonist, as a dream, while also treated Richard Michaelis's negative sequel to ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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