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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Zombies of the Stratosphere

US Serial Film (1952; vt Satan's Satellites). Republic Pictures. Produced by Franklin Andreon. Directed by Fred C Brannon. Written by Ronald Davidson. Cast includes Lane Bradford, Judd Holdren, Leonard Nimoy, Aline Towne and Wilson Wood. 12 episodes. 167 minutes. Black and white. / Marex (Bradford) and Nareb (Nimoy), humanoid-appearing Aliens from Mars, arrive on Earth and make preparations to ...

Space Elevator

An increasingly popular item of sf Transportation hardware since its introduction to the genre by the near-simultaneous appearance of Arthur C Clarke's The Fountains of Paradise (1979) and Charles Sheffield's The Web Between the Worlds (1979; exp 1989). The space elevator's basic concept is simply that of a tethered "skyhook" cable – fixed at ...

Bartlett, Vernon

(1894-1983) UK broadcaster, politician and author, who was severely disillusioned by his World War One experiences, and who served as an Independent MP 1938-1950. If I Were Dictator (1935 chap) – in the If I Were Dictator sequence, one of whose contributors was Lord Dunsany – reflected his centrist politics, and his dubiousness about dictatorships, even "benevolent". His sf novel proper, ...

Le Rouge, Gustave

(1867-1938) French author, a significant figure in early twentieth-century French sf, much admired by the transgressive Modernist/Surrealist author Blaise Cendrars. None of his works were translated into English until 2008, perhaps because most of his output appeared in various French versions of the Pulp magazine, often in magazine-like volumes wholly dedicated to the title being published. His first novel, with his junior partner ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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