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Vopěnka, Martin

(1963-    ) Czech publisher and author, active from about 1989, whose Pátý Rozmeř (2009; trans Hana Sklenkova as The Fifth Dimension 2015) is an example of Fantastika whose incorporation of sf elements achieves a bleakly deliberated abstractness that removes the text very far from Genre SF, or indeed from the tale of political/cultural Paranoia it seems to channel. In a more or less contemporary land (similar to the Czech Republic), the protagonist finds ...

Treibich, S J

(1936-1972) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "First Contact" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction with Laurence M Janifer in August 1965, and who, also with Janifer, wrote the Angelo di Stefano series of Space Operas: Target: Terra (1968 dos), The High Hex (1969 dos) and The Wagered World (1969 chap dos). [BS]

Al-Khalili, Jim

Working name of Iraqi-born broadcaster, physicist, academic and author Jameel Sadik Al-Khalili (1962-    ), in the UK from 1979; several of his nonfiction publications, beginning with Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines (1999), have been addressed to the intelligent general reader. He is of sf interest for his first novel, Sunfall (2019), describes a Near Future Disaster perhaps fatal to the planet, the sudden dissolution of the Earth's magnetosphere, which normally ...

Koenig, Walter

(1936-    ) US actor – primarily know for his role as Ensign Chekov in the original 1960s Star Trek Television series – and author; his sf novel, Buck Alice and the Actor-Robot (1988), perhaps rather confusedly replicates the gonzo surrealism of an author like Kurt Vonnegut in its depiction of a Ruined Earth after its devastation by Aliens and populated solely by demented figures out of Earth's past: an actor convinced he is the Robot he once played on ...

Remenham, John

Pseudonym of UK physician and author John Alexander Vlasto (1877-1958), whose The Lurking Shadow (1946) is a Doppelganger tale clearly derived from Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886). The Peacemaker (1947) is a Near Future tale whose protagonist, an arms manufacturer who wants to put his huge fortune to good use, decides to create universal peace. Under his own name, Vlasto wrote several thrillers. [JC]

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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