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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Boogiepop and Others

Japanese animated tv series (2019). Original title Boogiepop wa Warawanai. Based on the Light Novels by Kouhei Kadono. Madhouse. Directed by Shingo Natsume. Written by Tomohiro Suzuki. Voice cast includes Junya Enoki, Kana Hanazawa, Michiko Kaiden, Sayaka Kinoshita, Atsushi Miyauchi, Kouki Miyata, Saori Ōnishi, Ayana Taketatsu and Aoi Yūki. Eighteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / ...

Strange Adventures [comic]

US Comic (first run 1950-1973). DC Comics. Issues #1-2 bimonthly; issues #3-211 monthly; issues #212-244 bimonthly. Editor Julius Schwartz. Writers included Otto Binder, John Broome, Gardner F Fox, Sid Gerson, and Edmond Hamilton. Artists included Neal Adams, Murphy ...

Elliott, H Chandler

(1906-1978) Canadian-born physician, university teacher of medicine and author, in the US for many years; he began publishing work of genre interest with "Inanimate Objection" in Galaxy for February 1954. In his sf novel, Reprieve from Paradise (1955), Polynesians have survived an atomic World War Three, and forty centuries after their shocked discovery of the Post-Holocaust world, ...


Islands play a crucial role in imaginative fiction, providing geographical microcosms in which the consequences of various types of scientific or political hypotheses may be incarnated and made available for inspection by visitors from the world at large. In sf, the more intense moments of psychological uncovering, when the soul is bared to the prison of the world – "To be born is to be wrecked on an island," J M Barrie, introducing the 1913 edition of R M ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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