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Pullar, A L

(?   -?   ) Australian author whose Celestalia: A Fantasy, 1975 A D (1933) describes a series of volcanic Disasters that destroys Japan, causing its population to flee to China, and many displaced Chinese to flee south to Australia, which is taken over (see Imperialism; Yellow Peril). A white government of sort survives in Tasmania. In the West, racial ...

Heroes

Gilgamesh may be the first named hero in what we think of as the Western World. Like him, most heroes in the cultures of the West are passionate, often rebellious, defenders of and bringers of relief to their homelands, and until perhaps Boudicca (floruit 60-61 CE) always male. They often descended from Gods (see Gods and Demons) but are distinct from them, like Hercules; even Prometheus, the paradigm culture hero in the Western tradition, is not a ...

Life after People

US tv series (2009-2010). Flight 33 Productions for The History Channel. Created by David de Vries. One two-hour pilot film plus 20 45-minute episodes. Colour. / This unusual Thought Experiment series speculated on what might happen to various places and landmarks of the world if humanity should suddenly vanish for unspecified reasons. The timeline for each episode typically started at one day after the event, then one week, one month, one year, ...

Dearmer, Geoffrey

(1893-1996) UK author, and a World War One poet of some note, his best early work being collected in Poems (coll 1918 chap), which he much later reassembled, with later material, as A Pilgrim's Song (coll 1993). He is now also remembered for his work (1936-1950) as an Examiner of Plays (which is to say censor) for the Lord Chancellor's Office, and for an incident in 1942, when he thought he heard the word "bugger" spoken in a ...

Skinner, B F

Working name of Burrhus Frederick Skinner (1904-1990), US psychologist and author whose vehemently argued (and as vigorously refuted) brand of behaviourism dominated that version of Psychology for many years in America, and provides the basic tenets for his one published work of fiction, Walden Two (1948), which depicts a Utopia whose inhabitants grow up as successful experiments in behavioural engineering on lines ...

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. ...



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