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Ljoka, Dan

(1935-    ) US author of Shelter (1973) a Holocaust tale set during and immediately after World War Three; the hero, trapped Underground with fertile women, is forced to have Sex with them. Everyone dies. [JC]

Hine, Muriel

(circa 1874-1949) UK author whose The Seven Lovers and Other Tales (coll 1927) contains some fantasy, and whose The Island Forbidden to Man (1946) seems to espouse the feminist Utopia hinted at in the title (see Feminism), but does not give the Island civilization espoused long for this world. [JC]

Barry, Kevin

(1969-    ) Irish author who is of sf interest primarily for his first novel, the Near Future City of Bohane (2011), which is set in the low-tech Ireland of 2053, a place and time where Dystopian oppressions are loquaciously mocked and serviced and nullified by the gangs whose language (see Linguistics) very vividly represents a world near anarchic, though thriving in the backwaters of history. There are no Computers, and no social media: as an arena for explosive events, ...

Piece of Phantasmagoria, A

Japanese animated tv series (1995). Original title Phantasmagoria. Shigeru Tamura Studio. Directed and written by Shigeru Tamura. Fifteen five-minute episodes. Colour. / A series of fifteen shorts each ending with its narrator explaining how, whilst travelling the realm of dreams, they discovered the little planet Phantasmagoria, from which the story comes (see Life on Other Worlds). They are usually reflective, either whimsical or melancholy, pieces, with suitably expressive music. / ...

Salwi, Dilip M

(1952-2004) Indian author, almost exclusively of work for Young Adult and younger readers. He wrote much nonfiction, including Our Scientists (1986), containing biographies of Indian scientists, and Nonsense in Indian Science (1998). His sf was clearly directed, though with pleasing tact, towards educational purposes, with Alien characters introduced in considerable part in order to comment on the state of our planet; this work is generally set in the Near Future. Titles include Fire on the ...

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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