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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Payne, Nick

(1984-    ) UK screenwriter and playwright, most of whose dramas pithily compress sometimes transgressive content into stageable form, several of them applying speculative neuroscience to questions of Identity. In some of his work, worlds of discourse hover on the indeterminate boundaries of Fantastika, as in If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (performed 22 October 2009 Bush Theatre, London; 2013 ...

Lerman, Rhoda

(1936-2015) US author whose first novel, Call Me Ishtar (1973), is a Satirical fantasy; she is of some sf interest for The Book of the Night (1984), an exercise in Timeslip Fantastika whose protagonist, only sometimes male, can be understood when female as a Temporal Adventuress (see Feminism; ...

McCormack, Mike

(1965-    ) UK-born author, in Ireland from childhood, active from the mid 1990s. Some short stories stretch past the mundane, but very little of his work extends into the fantastic until Notes from a Coma (2005). It is a Near Future Dystopian excursus on the nature of Crime and Punishment whose protagonist, locked into a coma as an involuntary participant ...

From the Earth to the Moon

Film (1958). Waverly/RKO. Directed by Byron Haskin. Written by Robert Blees, James Leicester, adapted from Jules Verne's De la terre à la lune (1865) and Autour de la lune (1870), the two published together in English translation as From the Earth to the Moon (1873). Cast includes Joseph Cotton, Deborah Paget and George Sanders. 100 minutes. Colour. / Using a new ...

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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