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Maurois, André

Initially the pseudonym of prolific French man of letters and author Émile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog (1885-1967), who took the name from a village he visited during active service in World War One; in 1947 he took it as his legal name. He was best known outside of France for his romantic biographies and other nonfiction, though his first work, "La dernière histoire du monde" ["The Final History of the World"] (1903) as by Émile Herzog, was sf – included much later in ...

Lambert, Joan Dahr

(?   -    ) US author of the Young Adult novel, Circles of Stone (1997), which is Prehistoric SF, one of its serial protagonists (all of them healers named Zena) living over a million years ago in the Great Rift Valley in Africa (see Origin of Man); the second Zena, similarly empowered and forthright, lives a quarter of a million years ago; the third around 30,000 BCE, when patriarchal invaders destroy the flourishing, millennia-old matriarchy (see Feminism). ...

Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer

Japanese animated film (1984). Kitty Films, Pierrot. Directed and written by Mamoru Oshii. Voice cast includes Takuya Fujioka, Toshio Furukawa, Fumi Hirano, Michihiro Ikemizu, Akira Kamiya, Saeko Shimazu and Machiko Washio. 99 minutes. Colour. / The second of the six films made as part of the Urusei Yatsura franchise, based on the Manga by Rumiko Takahashi. Oshii also directed seasons one and two of the television series, as well as the first film, Urusei Yatsura: Only You (1983). Though ...

Fahy, Christopher

(1937-    ) US author whose first works – like The Compost Heap (1970) – convey in mundane contexts a quiet enragedness that can seem scattershot. After his first story with genre content, "Carnival" for Gallery in August 1980 – assembled with much of his short fiction of fantastic interest in Matinee at the Flame (coll 2006) – most of his later work of interest is Horror, though The Lyssa Syndrome (1990) introduces a focusing sf element in its ...

Watson, Paul E

(?   -    ) US author of The Robot (2011), a Young Adult tale whose two teenaged male protagonists discover a female Robot in off-bounds laboratory of one of their parents, who is a "genius" scientist. The robot is interested in Sex, but also, according to its programming, in engaging in an assassination. [JC]

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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