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Holt-White, W

(1878-1937) UK journalist, film producer – he was the Head of the Editorial Department for a UK propaganda newsreel, The War Office Official Topical Budget in 1917 and 1918 – and author in various genres, in which capacity he produced nine novels of interest. In The Earthquake: A Romance of London in 1907 (1906) a ruined London is taken in hand by an aristocratic Prime Minister; Holt-White explicitly stated that he based the tale on the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. In The Man ...

Berger, Yves

(1931-2004) French author, editor and literary journalist whose Alternate History novel, Le sud (1962; trans Robert Baldick as The Garden 1963), is set in an antebellum Virginia. One other novel of possible genre interest has not yet appeared in English: Le monde après la pluie ["The World After the Rain"] (1998) sees eight characters fleeing the End of the World who find themselves in an unspoilt neolithic land. The novel is written in a deliberately emphatic and incantatory style ...

Solar Wind

This scientific term has found much favour in sf Terminology. The stars constantly emit highly energetic particles as well as, of course, light, which is itself composed of tiny particles, photons (although here the word "particle" has a slightly different meaning). These particles exert a gentle outward pressure (which is why the tail of a Comet always points away from the Sun). A low-mass Spaceship with a huge, incredibly thin sail, perhaps made of aluminium or aluminized plastic film, could ...

Konstantinou, Lee

(1978-    ) US author whose an sf novel, Pop Apocalypse (2009) is set in a Near Future world on the brink of the eponymous collapse of civilization. In occupied Northern California, an Doppelganger begins to haunt the protagonist – an Elvis Presley impersonator – who is forced complicatedly to discover a conspiracy involving Virtual Reality designed to make sure that World War Three, which is looming, will be fully sponsored. Konstantinou's spoof exaggerations of ...

Yamano Kōichi

(1939-2017) Japanese author, editor and scenarist who became the country's leading proponent of the New Wave in sf, counter to prevailing trends in the field that continued to favour a model of fiction aping that of the Golden Age of SF in the United States. After a peripatetic youth and a flirtation with screenwriting, Yamano's professional sf debut was "X Densha de Ikō" ["Take the X Train"] (July 1964 S-F Magazine), a reprint of a story from the Uchūjin fanzine. Popular legend holds ...

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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