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Sitwell, Osbert

(1892-1969) UK poet and author whose siblings, Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) and Sacheverell Sitwell, have gained modestly in esteem compared to the posthumous fading of his reputation; though his own work was formally conventional, with his brother he was an influential proponent of Modernism, assembling more than one important exhibition. He was in active service throughout World War One, his complex understanding of the conflict being first articulated in some of the poems assembled as Argonaut ...

Anachronox

Videogame (2001). Ion Storm. Designed by Tom Hall. Platforms: Win. / Anachronox is a Computer Role Playing Game played in a third person three-dimensional perspective, strongly influenced by such Japanese games as Chrono Trigger (1995). The gameplay combines exploration, combat, puzzles and conversation in a similar way to that of its models, including the use of a partially turn-based combat system and the game's broadly linear plot (see Interactive Narrative). In the future of Anachronox, ...

Prugovečki, Eduard

(1937-2003) Romanian-born physicist and author, in Canada from 1965; of sf interest are his two Utopias, Memoirs of the Future (2001), which rather abstractly describes a good and a bad world to come, affirming throughout the value of science when applied correctly; and Dawn of the New Man (2002), set in a vaguely-described distant Near Future where the good and the less good are described in terms of an openness to Sex: a Dystopia known as the Free World Federation is cured from within by ...

Maris the Choujo

Japanese Original Video Animation (1986; vt The Supergal; vt The Chojo). Based on the Manga by Rumiko Takahashi. Studio Pierrot. Directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama and Motosuke Takahashi. Written by Tomoko Konparu and Hideo Takayashiki. Voice cast includes Toshio Furukawa, Mami Koyama, Sumi Shimamoto, and Jouji Yanami. 48 minutes. Colour. / As a child Maris (Koyama) was part of the exodus from the planet Thanatos before it exploded (see Disaster). Now a refugee on Earth, she has to wear ...

Shawl, Nisi

(1955-    ) US editor, journalist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "I Was a Teenage Genetic Engineer" as by Denise Angela Shawl in Semiotext(e) SF (anth 1989) edited by Rudy Rucker, Peter Lamborn Wilson and Robert Anton Wilson. They have focused throughout their career on short forms of fiction, a fair conspectus of their work being assembled as Filter House: Short Fiction (coll 2008), which includes their first story and which won a James Tiptree ...

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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