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Time Loop

The theme of a closed loop in Time appears in sf in two distinct senses. A classic form of Time Paradox (which see) comes into being when the chain of causality eats its own tail to leave a circular sequence of events with no logical starting point, as in Robert A Heinlein's two famous examples: "By His Bootstraps" (October 1941 Astounding as by Anson MacDonald) and "All You Zombies –" (March 1959 F&SF). The present entry discusses the form of time loop in which, typically, periods of ...

Marooned

Film (1969). Columbia. Directed by John Sturges. Written by Mayo Simon, based on Marooned (1964) by Martin Caidin. Cast includes Richard Crenna, James Franciscus, Gene Hackman, David Janssen and Gregory Peck. 134 minutes. Colour. / John Sturges is best known for Westerns (e.g., The Magnificent Seven [1960]), though he also directed the borderline sf film The Satan Bug (1965); outer space may be a less suitable setting for his work. The film is a quasidocumentary (see Space Documentaries) ...

Somer, Bradley

(?   -    ) Australian author, in USA for some time, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Bend to Beautiful" in Evolved: Vampire Stories of the New Undead (anth 2010) edited by Nancy Kilpatrick (see Vampires). His first novel Imperfections (2012) utilizes a grotesquely exorbitant use of the engines of Fantastika in its Satirical depiction of the fate of a man who has become a limbless torso in the trunk of a car, the result of his doomed quest for ...

Ship of Fools

A traditional Fantasy theme dating back to medieval times, in which a ship – the Narrenschiff or Ship of Fools – carries all sorts of persons on an endless voyage in search of Utopia, providing an easily visualizable literal vehicle for allegorical Satire on the follies of humanity, the most famous such vehicle probably being "The Ship of Fools" (before 1500) by Hieronymus Bosch (circa 1450-1516). The definitive literary realization of the topos is Die Narrenschiff (1494; trans ...

Yumemakura Baku

(1951-    ) Writing name of Mineo Yoneyama, a fiercely prolific Japanese author whose work spans hundreds of volumes encompassing the depths of Pulp and the heights of literary awards. The concentration here is on his works as author, although much of his impact outside Japan is as the scriptwriter or original source for adaptations of his work into other media, including Manga, Cinema, and a theatrical collaboration with Yoshitaka Amano, as well as the Garō-den ...

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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