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Shulman, Dee

(1957-    ) South African author and illustrator, in the UK from childhood, whose first book, Hetty the Yeti (2004 chap), was written for younger children. She is of some sf interest for the Young Adult Parallon Trilogy comprising Fever (2012), Delirium (2013) and Afterlife (2014), an updating of the Timeslip romance in which a laboratory experiment casts the young protagonist back to 152 CE, where she saves a gladiator's life. They are later forced to flee through time in ...

Lobato, Monteiro

(1882-1948) Brazilian Monteiro Lobato is most widely known as the founder of children's literature in Brazil, although he wrote works for adults, ran a publishing house and served as commercial attaché to the US from 1927 to 1931. While his canonical works of literature portray mainly the decadence of the coffee-plantation economy of São Paulo's interior, he also wrote stories such as "O estigma" ["The Stigma"] (in Urupês ["Fungi"] coll 1918) and "O bugio moqueado" ["The ...

Heavy Gear

Role Playing Game (1994). Dream Pod 9 (DP9). Designed by Jean Carrières, Gene Marcil, Martin Quellette, Marc-Alexandre Vézina. / Heavy Gear is set in a sixty-ninth century much influenced by Battletech (1984). In the game's Future History, an economic collapse has caused the abandonment of Earth's interstellar colonies, including the world of Terra Nova. The setting's timeline begins after Terra Nova has emerged from a period of anarchy and become divided between two political ...

Astor, John Jacob

(1864-1912) US businessman, inventor and author, great-grandson of the celebrated fur trader; he was one of four authors of sf (the others are Jacques Futrelle, F D Millet and W T Stead) known to have gone down with the Titanic. His A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future (1894) features an Antigravity device – Apergy, borrowed from Percy Greg's Across the Zodiac (1880) – that powers a craft in a tour of the solar system in 2000 CE. Earth itself is a Utopia dominated by a ...

Strause, Greg

(1975-    ) US filmmaker generally co-credited with his brother Colin (1976-    ), often under their preferred joint title as "The Brothers Strause". Primarily a special-effects team, they co-directed Alien Vs Predator: Requiem (2007) and Skyline (2010); they have also provided effects, since 2002 through their company Hydraulx or hy*drau"lx, for many films including Titanic (1997), Galaxy Quest (1999), and Avatar (2009). In 2010 Columbia Pictures' ...

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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