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Winter, Mrs Elizabeth C

(1841-1922) Scottish-born poet and author, in USA most of her life, who also wrote as by Isabella Castelar; of some sf interest is The Spanish Treasure (24 September 1892-?? The New York Ledger as by Isabella Castelar; 1893) [see Checklist for further details], a Lost Race tale et in South America, with abductions and romance in the foreground. Winter is credited with the first use in this novel of the phrase "to turn the air blue". [JC]

Heller, Peter

(1959-    ) US journalist and author whose first four books are nonfiction adventures mostly dealing with expeditions to various extremities of the planet; his first novel, The Dog Stars (2012), is set in a Near Future America devastated by a flu-based Pandemic and finished off by an auto-immune disorder. The protagonist, who is a pilot, lies low near Denver with a Survivalist buddy who has a habit of killing intruders, until he picks up a radio message, which he traces in ...

Aiken, John

(1913-1990) US-born UK author, son of Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and brother of Joan Aiken and Jane Aiken Hodge (1917-2009). John Aiken published his first sf story, "Camouflage", with Astounding in April 1943, in the Probability Zero sequence of short-shorts (see Flash Fiction); though his first sizeable effort was "Dragon's Teeth", with New Worlds #3, October 1947; but he did not remain active in the field. He published two sf novels with ...

Stoker, Bram

(1847-1912) Irish author, civil servant, theatrical manager closely associated with Henry Irving and the actress Ellen Terry, and playwright. He is best known as the author of Dracula (1897; rev with cuts 1901), the classic Vampire novel. Although his fantasies are in the weird and occult fields, his writings do contain sf elements. These, however, are generally treated as products of Magic rather than of science, as in The Snake's Pass (1890), a tale featuring a search for the crown of the ...

Tatami Galaxy, The

Japanese animated tv series (2010). Original title Yojōhan Shinwa Taikei. Based on the novel Yojōhan Shinwa Taikei ["4.5 Mat Mythical Chronicles"] (2008; vt The Tatami Galaxy) by Tomihiko Morimi. Madhouse. Directed by Masaaki Yuasa. Written by Makoto Ueda. Voice cast includes Shintarō Asanuma, Keiji Fujiwara, Maaya Sakamoto and Hiroyuki Yoshino. Eleven 23-minute episodes. Colour. / The first nine episodes each begin with a student (Asanuma) – we never learn his name ...

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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