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von Lucadou, Julia

(1982-    ) German who is professionally active in the Television industry; an author whose first novel, Die Hochhausspringerin (2018; trans Sharmila Cohen as The High-Rise Diver 2021), is set in a very Near Future Dystopian world marked by an intense surveillance capitalism. The protagonists of the tale, the eponymous athlete and her struggling minder, ...

Batman

This Comic-book crimefighter, the archetypal masked avenger (though influenced by earlier such figures, notably The Shadow), nicknamed "The Caped Crusader" and "The Dark Knight", has become a twentieth-century Icon. He is not a Superhero in the strictest sense, since he is represented as having no superhuman abilities; however, his near-impossible strength, stamina and athletic ...

Disraeli, Benjamin

(1804-1881) UK politician and author born Benjamin D'Israeli, Conservative Member of Parliament from 1837 and – in 1868 and 1874-1880 – Prime Minister. In his almost-forgotten youthful Fantastic Voyage, The Voyage of Captain Popanilla (1828) published anonymously, the eponymous captain, who is an innocent savage from a prelapsarian (ie pre-missionary) South Seas Utopia, voyages to the land of ...

Heslop, Val

Working name of Valentine Voltaire Heslop (1894-1946), Australian author whose Lost Race tale, The Lost Civilization: A Story of Adventure in Central Australia (1936), is set in an Underground world beneath Australia inhabited by a technologically advanced white race, a monarchy descended from both ancient Egyptians and Mayans. Telepathy is in evidence; women (see ...

Delord, Taxile

(1815-1877) French politician, journalist and author; of the narrative texts he composed to accompany illustrations by J J Grandville, that of most sf interest is Une Autre Monde ["Another World"] [for subtitle see Checklist] (graph 1844), where Grandville's grotesquely oneiric biomorphic visions render humans as deliquescent combinations of the organic and the mechanical (see Satire). Delord and Grandville in ...

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. ...



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