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DeMarinis, Rick

(1934-2019) US author whose first novel, A Lovely Monster: The Adventures of Claude Rains and Dr Tellenbeck (1975), applies a sharply fabulistic eye (see Fabulation) to Southern California and to the Frankenstein myth. Scimitar (1977), set in a similar region of California, is an anatomical Satire of the panicky responses of urban America to the imploding Near Future. Cinder (1978), contrastingly, celebrates an old man's last days, which he spends (in every sense) in the company of a genie, ...


From a Greek root meaning "cold-producing", this word is used in Physics to mean the production of extremely low temperatures and the study of phenomena at those temperatures. The shorter word Cryonics was more commonly used in sf Terminology when – as is usual – it is people or other living organic materials that are frozen. This short version has since been adopted for real-world freezing of corpses in hope of future revival. [PN] see also: Corpsicle. /

Sagi, Eli

(1939-    ) Polish-born author and playwright, born Eli Perlstein, changing his name after emigration to Israel at an early age. He is predominantly known for his Television and Theatre work, creating the Arab-Hebrew sitcom Ha'misada Ha'gdola ["The Big Restaurant"] in 1985, which was widely successful both in Israel and across the Middle East; and for his 1970 stage play Imi Ha'generalit ["My Mother, The General"], considered the most commercially successful play in the ...

Kent, Ryland

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -    ) whose After This (1939) segues, without undue sharpness of attack, from a realistically depicted World War Two Disaster, during which a merchant ship is blown up, into Posthumous Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. [JC]

Shirley, George E

(1898-2002) US author whose routine sf novels – all very short – are A World of Their Own (1965 chap), in which the USA is destroyed by a nuclear attack and a surviving family in the UK awaits the time when they may safely return home; The Robot Rulers (1967 chap), in which Australia is overwhelmed by Robots; and A World Beyond (1967 chap), in which a new planet is discovered in the solar system and its simple-life Utopia is taken over by Soviet communists. [DRL/JC]

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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