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South Korea

A full entry for sf in South Korea must await a contributor fluent in its language and able to report from the inside on the development of the genre there, and on untranslated works. Authors from South Korea who have entries in this encyclopedia are Bok Geo-Il, Un-Su Kim, Chang-rae Lee and Peter Tieryas. / South Korean contributions to Cinema include the Japanese co-production 2009: Lost Memories (2002), the Kaiju vehicle Yonggary (1999; vt Yonggari; vt Yonggary: 2001 Upgrade Edition; vt ...

Robida, Albert

(1848-1926) French illustrator and author, the first visual artist who could be said to specialize in sf Illustration, with an abiding interest in fabulated Inventions; the most important and popular nineteenth-century figure in this nascent field. Though he was clearly working in the tradition of such French artists and illustrators as J J Grandville, Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) and Gustave Doré, Robida – who published more than 60,000 illustrations in a career that began in ...

Thompson, Allyn

(?   -    ) US author of The Azriel Uprising (1982), set after a very brief World War Three has resulted in the Soviet occupation of America, leaving the land devastated; effective military resistance begins only after a decade, under a mysterious leader known only as Juanita. [JC]

Singer, Rochelle

(1939-    ) US author, mostly of detective thrillers, who also writes as Shelley Singer and Lee Singer; she is of sf interest for The Demeter Flower (1980), about a Near Future Feminist Utopia established on lesbian lines after the collapse of a patriarchal tyranny at the end of the twentieth century. [JC]

Michener, James A

(1907-1997) US author of numerous bestsellers. His long novel Space (1982), televised 1985, is based on the history of the US space programme, becoming sf only in its later stages, when it describes invented missions and adventures roughly contemporaneous with the historical ones (e.g., a disaster owing to an outburst of solar radiation during an Apollo 18 lunar mission in 1973), and then peers optimistically into the Near Future. Among several errors of fact are consistent references to ...

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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