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North, William

(1825-1854) UK author whose precocious first novel, Anti-Coningsby; Or, The New Generation Grown Old (1844 2vols), is a Satire shaped as a Sequel by Other Hands to Benjamin Disraeli's Coningsby; Or, the New Generation (1844), in which new Inventions are used to sink the French fleet, and a very Near Future new government takes office. Other novels of interest include The City of the Jugglers; Or, Free-Trade in Souls: A Romance of the Golden Age (1850), which incorporates elements of occult ...

Robinsonade

Daniel Defoe's The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719) provides the name and is the central model for the robinsonade, which may be defined as the romance of solitary survival in such inimical (though ultimately compliant) terrains as desert Islands (or planets), seen as a success-story. Earlier tales do exist (in The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction [1941], Philip Babcock Gove calls them "prerobinsonades"), but Defoe's novel clearly supplies much of the thematic ...

Hale, Edward Everett

(1822-1909) US Unitarian preacher, abolitionist, contributing editor to The Atlantic Monthly and author, who often wrote as by Captain Frederic Ingham, though sometimes Ingham serves as frame narrator for Club Stories. Ingham provides something of this function in Hale's best known single work, The Man Without a Country (December 1863 The Atlantic Monthly; 1865 chap), later assembled in The Man Without a Country and Other Tales (coll 1868), about an army officer who abjures his native country ...

Yukimura Makoto

(1976-    ) Japanese artist and author whose sole sf work to date gained him the premier accolade in Japanese Fandom, in two media. A drop-out from the Tama Art University in Tokyo, Yukimura became an art assistant to the Manga creator Shin Morimura before finding fame with his debut work Planetes (graph 2000-2004 Comic Morning; coll 2001-2004). Trading on gritty realism and Near Future Hard SF in the style of Yukinobu Hoshino, Planetes depicts life in Earth orbit in the ...

Marín, Rafael

(1959-    ) Spanish translator, critic, comic book writer and co-plotter, and author; considered one of the best stylists in Spanish fantasy and science fiction. He has published nine novels, seven collections and about seventy short stories and novellas, in addition to several studies on comics and cinema, and a dozen historical and realistic novels for younger readers. Some early work was signed Rafael Marín Trechera. / After some work in poetry and comics ...

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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