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Lu, Marie

Pseudonym of Chinese-born author Xiwei Lu (1984-    ), in US from early childhood. She remains best known for her first series, the Young Adult Legend sequence beginning with Legend (2011), set in a moderately distant Near Future balkanized Dystopian America with a geographical focus on Los Angeles (see California). Three loci of narrative interest are conspicuously present in the central three full-length tales: an hierarchical system based on deadly agonistic Games whose ...

Connell, Alan

(1916-1994) Australian author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Reign of the Reptiles" in Wonder Stories for August 1935, but who remains known almost solely for his Serpent Land sequence, comprising Lords of Serpent Land (1945 chap), Prisoners in Serpent Land (1945 chap) and Warriors of Serpent Land (1945 chap), all three being assembled as Lords of Serpent Land (omni 1991). The tales, which are effectively one sustained novel, reflect the influence of Edgar Rice ...

Martin, Ian Kennedy

(1936-    ) UK scriptwriter for Television and author, best known for a police procedural series, The Sweeney (1975-1978); brother of Troy Kennedy Martin. What has become his Acteon sequence may have been initiated without a sequel in mind, by The Last Crime (1980) as by John Domatilla, set in a harsh, twenty-first century, Dystopian London whose inhabitants are addled and manipulated through forced immersion in an invasive Media Landscape, under the control of Univac-R, a ...

Bengal

Describing sf in Bangla (or the Bengali language) is a topic fraught with difficulties. Any understanding of sf in this linguistic region must begin with an analysis of kalpabigyan, the term generally used as a very rough analogue to sf in Bangla at present. / First of all, there are problems of definition, as kalpabigyan, which is a recent formulation (see below), has a wider range of meanings and applications than those usually associated with sf, because at least in part it does not ...

Wormholes

Item of sf Terminology borrowed from speculative Physics; the term was coined in 1957 by the physicist John A Wheeler (1911-2008) to describe a hypothetical short-cut through space/time corresponding very roughly to the beloved sf concept of Hyperspace. Wormholes may be associated with Black Holes (another Wheeler coinage) and their once-fashionable but probably nonexistent counterparts White Holes. Such "Schwarzschild wormholes" would not be usable for transport – a point which failed to ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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