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Szirtes, George

(1948-    ) Hungarian-born poet and translator, in the UK since the Hungarian Uprising in 1956; he writes in English, and has been active as a poet since about 1973. From the late 1980s, he has also been productive as a translator, always from the Hungarian. Authors given entries in this encyclopedia whose work he has translated include Ferenc Karinthy, László Krasznahorkai and Imre Madách. Szirtes's translations are crisply muscular, as is his poetry. ...


A full entry for sf in Armenia must await a contributor fluent in its language and able to report from the inside on the development of the genre there, and on untranslated works. Relevant authors given entries in this encyclopedia are Michael Arlen, of Bulgarian-Armenian origin; the Turkish-Armenia-born US Gregory Casparian; Mariam Petrosyan; and G Gurdjieff. One of Jonathan Swift's many imitators was the Venetian-Armenian Zaccaria Seriman (1708-1784): see Italy. / The country's ...

Dark Conspiracy

Role Playing Game (1991). Game Developers' Workshop (GDW). Designed by Lester Smith. / The world of Dark Conspiracy is one of disintegration, in which both society and reality have begun to collapse. It is set in a twenty-first century where, as in Dark Future (1988), economic failure and ecological breakdown have led to political fragmentation; the superpowers of the previous century have broken up into patchwork quilts of minor states, struggling for dominance with newly powerful ...

Jales, Mark

Pseudonym of Ronald Harry W Jales (1924-1979), UK author who also wrote thrillers as Mark Hayman and Will Palmer. In science fiction he is known only for his contributions to the Robert Hale Limited list of sf adventures, beginning with Prelude to Exodus (1979) [JC/SH]

Hollow Earth Expedition

Role Playing Game (2006). Exile Game Studio. Designed by Jeff Combos, Jason Carl, Jim Cook, Chris Goe, Tyler Running Deer. / Hollow Earth Expedition is a light-hearted homage to Pulp magazine stories describing the perilous exploration of a Hollow Earth, and their predecessors in the work of such authors as Jules Verne. The tone, which is both exuberant and knowing, is perhaps most reminiscent of Richard A Lupoff's Circumpolar! (1984), though the game's world is literally hollow rather than ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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