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Reginald, Robert

The principal pseudonym of Japanese-born bibliographer, librarian (attaining the rank of Professor at California State University in 1984), publisher, editor and author Michael Roy Burgess (1948-2013), in the US from his early years; as Robert (or as R) Reginald he published his most important bibliographical and critical work in the sf field, including his first essay, "Anatomy of a Phenomenon" (Spring 1968 Charter: Journal of Liberal Arts), which was assembled with later work in Xenograffiti: ...

Véry, Pierre

(1900-1960) French screenwriter, journalist and author active from the mid-1920s, under several names including Toussaint Judge; best known for his many crime novels. His sf novel, Le pays sans étoiles ["Land Without Stars"] (1945; trans Stuart Gilbert as In What Strange Land 1949), is a thriller built around the possibility that a woman intruder – mysteriously connected with a Perception-distorting wasteland at the heart of a village – is in fact from another Dimension; the ...

Baker, Matthew

(1985-    ) US author who began publishing work of some genre interest with "Foundling" in Lumberyard for 2009. His first collection, Hybrid Creatures (coll of linked stories 2015), follows the thematically linked search of four varied characters for meaningful community in a fractured Media Landscape, each of them plagued by the dysfunctional Communication systems of the twenty-first century world. "A Bad Day in Utopia" (2019 Lightspeed), more clearly Near Future, explores ...

Surrogates

Film (2009). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Mandeville Films production. Directed by Jonathan Mostow. Written by John Brancato and Michael Ferris from the Comics series The Surrogates (5 issues 2005-2006; graph 2009) by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele. Cast includes James Cromwell, Ving Rhames and Bruce Willis. 89 minutes. Colour. / Surrogates are Androids similar to those used as indentured labour in Karel Čapek's R.U.R.: Rossum's Universal Robots ...

Creepypasta

Catch-all term that began as a descriptor of anonymous Urban Legends copied and reposted on the Internet and has grown to encompass a online folk Horror tradition with millions of adherents. Creepypastas are the campfire stories of the digital realm, reflecting the fears and anxieties of the first generation to have grown up as natives of that world. / Although creepypasta is a flexible term, traditionally they are short, first-person accounts of supposedly true-life encounters with the ...

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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