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Brown, Rosel George

(1926-1967) US author with an advanced degree in ancient Greek; for three years she worked as a welfare visitor in her native Louisiana. She began publishing stories in September 1958 with "From an Unseen Censor" for Galaxy; some of her tales were interplanetary, some more typical of "women's" fiction. A Handful of Time (coll 1963) assembles much of her early work. The Sibyl Sue Blue series – Sibyl Sue Blue (1966; vt Galactic Sibyl Sue Blue 1968) and The Waters of Centaurus (1970) – ...

Mind Magic

US Pulp magazine, six issues, June to December 1931, monthly except for a combined September/October 1931 issue; retitled My Self for the last two issues; published by Shade Publishing, Philadelphia. Edited by G R Bay, uncredited for the first four issues. A Fantasy magazine always struggling to survive, Mind Magic published mainly articles and fiction on occult subjects. August Derleth, Ralph Milne Farley, Ed Earl Repp and Manly Wade Wellman were contributors. Farley's serial "The Man From ...

Great Year

The Great Year or Long Year, whose seasons last for many normal Earthly years, generations or even lifetimes, features in a number of sf works as a kind of literalization of cyclic history theories (see History in SF) in the context of Planetary Romance. The Dark Ages are reified as an interminable-seeming winter and the Golden Years as an equally prolonged summer. Special astronomical circumstances are generally invoked to account for such extended seasons. Thus the planet Tiamat in Joan D ...

Dominion Tank Police

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1988-1989). Original title Dominion. Based on the Manga by Masamune Shirow. Episodes 1-2: Ginga Teikoku. Directed and written by Kōichi Mashimo. Episodes 3-4: Agent 21. Directed by Takaaki Ishiyama. Written by Futoshi Takano. Voice cast includes Yūko Mita, Michie Tomizawa, Hiromi Tsuru, Jouji Yanami and Yūsaku Yara. Four 37-minute episodes. Colour. / In the crime-ridden future, desperate politicians give the police tanks (see Politics; ...

Sauma, Luiza

(?   -    ) Brazilian-born author in UK from early childhood, whose sf novel, Everything You Ever Wanted (2019), carries its adult but millennial protagonist from a distressed Near Future Earth via Wormhole on a sponsored one-way emigration, limited to 100 applicants, to the planet Nyx (see Colonization of Other Worlds), which she gambles may be the Utopia described by the entrepreneur behind the project. Perhaps surprisingly, Nyx turns out not to be a malign ...

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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