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Rostand, Maurice

(1891-1968) French playwright and author of marginal sf interest for Le Cercueil de Cristal (1920; trans Alys Eyre Macklin as The Crystal Coffin 1922), whose protagonist is seemingly possessed (see Decadence; Identity Transfer) by a Svengali-like mentor. [JC]

Sernine, Daniel

Pseudonym of Canadian author Alain Lortie (1955-    ), a central force in Canadian sf, who began publishing in 1975 with the dark fantasies "Jalbert" and "La Bouteille" ["The Bottle"] for Requiem 5, later serving (from 1983) on the editorial collective of that magazine, now renamed Solaris (see Canada). His early work was collected in Les Contes de l'ombre ["Tales from the Shadow"] (coll ...


Croatian sf in its infancy (especially after the nineties) is not very different from the East European fiction and we can compare it to the Russian school of fiction. In the early days of sf in Croatia, writers dealt with adventurous and utopian themes, but later their focus shifted more to existential and social issues, especially after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Croatian Patriotic war in the nineties; typically they now wrote about the life of the "little man" who is repressed by ...

Poitier, Sidney

(1927-2022) US-born actor, director, statesman (Bahamian ambassador to Japan 1997-2007) and author, in the Bahamas from infancy; active mainly as an actor in films (where he became world-famous) for about sixty years, beginning with his first credited role in 1950. His movies were all nonfantastic – the nuclear Cold War calamity that climaxes The Bedford Incident (1965) directed by James B Harris was entirely possible in the year of its making. ...


The word "futurology" is a neologism coined in 1943 by a refugee German professor of sociology, Ossip K Flechtheim (1909-1998), then teaching in a US college; during the course of his American stay, he met and may have directly influenced Isaac Asimov, who was then beginning to publish the Robot/Foundation Future History that dominated his career, and whose central character, Hari Seldon, creates a ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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