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Cabell, James Branch

(1879-1958) US author, mostly of mannered, witty and in later life sometimes rather enervated fantasies set in a Land of Fable Europe [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] which conveniently adjoins more mythological realms. In some cases long after they were first published, he assimilated a large number of both fantasies and nonfantastic work (including historical and contemporary romances) as episodes in the Biography of the Life of Manuel. The imaginary kingdom of Poictesme ...

Skurzynski, Gloria

(1930-    ) US author from the 1970s of fiction and nonfiction for Young Adult markets; in her first sf novel, Cyberstorm (1995), a young girl finds herself trapped in a Virtual Reality room meant to re-create a world of happy memories for its elderly owner; wrongness soon pervades the enclave. Skurzynski's Virtual War Chronologs sequence beginning with Virtual War (1997) is set in a devastated Near Future America, ravaged by Disasters and plagues, the surviving population ...

Bi'en Fū

Pseudonym of Princess Fukuko Asaka (1941-2009) a Japanese sf author better known as the second cousin of Emperor Hirohito. A great grand-daughter of the same Meiji Emperor whose restoration ushered in Japan's modern era, Asaka lost her title during a 1947 pruning of the imperial family tree conducted by US Occupation authorities. Her pseudonym Bi'en Fū (literally: "Beauty Garden") was used in several stories printed in Takumi Shibano's influential Fanzine, Uchūjin. / ...

Stilgebauer, Edward

(1868-1936) German editor, journalist and author, whose expression of pacifist sentiments during World War One may have influenced his departure from Germany; his pacifist novel, Inferno: Roman aus dem Weltkrieg (1916; trans C Thieme as Love's Inferno 1916), was banned in his native land, and he lived in Italy from 1917 until his death. In 1938 he was posthumously stripped of his PhD by the Nazis, and his oeuvre as a whole was banned. Das Schiff des Todes (1917; trans M T H Sadler as The Ship ...

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

Film (2002). A Lucasfilm Ltd Production, a Twentieth Century Fox release. Directed by George Lucas. Written by Lucas, Jonathan Hales. Cast includes Hayden Christensen, Christopher Lee, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman. 142 minutes. Colour. / More ambitious than its immediate predecessor, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones is also the most muddled of the Star Wars films. The convoluted plot sees the Republic facing a new threat: a ...

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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