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Stableford, Brian M

(1948-2024) UK academic, critic, translator and author, with a degree in Biology and a doctorate in Sociology, which he taught 1977-1988 before turning to writing full-time. He began his writing career early, collaborating with a schoolfriend, Craig A Mackintosh (writing together as Brian Craig), on his first published story, "Beyond Time's Aegis" for Science Fantasy #78 in 1965; much ...

Bulawayo, NoViolet

Pseudonym of Zimbabwean author academic and author Elizabeth Zandile Tshele (1981-    ), in US from early adulthood; active from around 2010. Her first novel, the nonfantastic We Need New Names (2013), was widely acclaimed. Her second, Glory (2022), is a strongly Satirical Beast Fable on the lines of George Orwell's Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (1945 chap) [for Beast Fable ...

Island at the Top of the World, The

Film (1974). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company). Produced by Winston Hibler. Directed by Robert Stevenson. Written by John Whedon based on The Lost Ones (1961; vt The Island at the Top of The World 1968; rev 1974) by Ian Cameron. Cast includes Agneta Eckemyr, David Gwillim, David Hartman, Mako, Jacques Marin, Gunnar Öhlund and Donald Sinden. 93 minutes. ...

Fagan, Oisin

(?1991-    ) Irish author whose first book, The Hierophants (2016 chap), a self-reflexive fable conspicuously evocative of the work of Flann O'Brien. His first full-length title, Hostages (coll of linked stories 2016), exuberantly mixes Irish Mythology, spoofed Myth of Origin tropes [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under ...

Sci Fi

Pronounced "si fi" or sometimes "sky fi", an abbreviation for "science fiction" whose first recorded use was in 1954, when the term "hi-fi" (high-fidelity) was becoming popular in the context of audio equipment. The wordplay-loving Forrest J Ackerman claimed to have invented the term and later promoted it eagerly in his Famous Monsters of Filmland (1958-1983). However, Ackerman's first known use of the term ...

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. ...



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