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Drake, Nick

(1961-    ) UK poet (see Poetry), screenwriter, librettist, playwright and author, variously active from the early 1980s; his detective novels, beginning with Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead (2006), are nonfantastic, as is the opera/oratorio Between Worlds (2015) by Tansy Davies (1973-    ), a meditation on 9/11 for which he wrote the libretto. Drake is of sf interest for The Farewell Glacier (coll of linked poems 2012 chap), whose individual units mark ...

Egan, Beresford

(1905-1984) UK artist, illustrator and author, in South Africa from 1910 to 1926, who early established a reputation for sexually charged and otherwise transgressive illustrations for works like the 1928 translation of Pierre Louÿs's Aphrodite (1896); he also did covers for Aleister Crowley's Moonchild (1929) and Sean M'Guire's Lost Race novel Beast or Man? (1930): as in Crowley's case, his later career long outlived the time when Decadence could fairly be seen as response to the ...


There is an only half-facetious precept in Physics stating that "anything which is not prohibited is compulsory". Olexa-Myron Bilaniuk and E C George Sudarshan suggested in 1962, and Gerald Feinberg in 1967, that the idea of a particle that can only travel Faster Than Light does not violate any of the basic maxims of Relativistic physics. Such a hypothetical particle (a tachyon, as opposed to the more familiar tardyon, or slower-than-light particle) might emit Cerenkov radiation analogous to ...

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 ...

Rajaniemi, Hannu

(1978-    ) Finnish-born author, in the UK for nearly a decade and more recently in the US, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Deus Ex Homine" in Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction (anth 2005) edited by Neil Williamson and Andrew J Wilson, and who assembled in Worlds of Birth and Death (coll 2006 chap) a set of fantasy tales linked by a reiterated pattern, where a modern man or woman in psychic trouble is confronted with mythopoeic places and ...

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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