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Gould, F J

(1855-1938) UK author of numerous works in which he espoused an agnostic philosophy. His sf novel, The Agnostic Island (1891), a very lightly fictionalized satire on Utopia, exposes some Christian missionaries to a society which threatens their beliefs. [JC]

Bova, Ben

(1932-2020) US author and editor who worked as technical editor for Project Vanguard 1956-1958, and science writer for Avco Everett Research Laboratory 1960-1971, before being appointed editor of Analog following the death of John W Campbell Jr in 1971. The magazine had become creatively moribund – although it remained commercially healthy – during the last decade of so of Campbell's editorship. Bova maintained the magazine's orientation towards technophilic Hard SF but considerably ...


An imagined extra planet of our own solar system, supposedly sharing Earth's orbit but always concealed from observation by its position on the far side of the Sun (that is, at or near the L3 Lagrange Point of the Earth-Sun system). The concept is ancient: Pythagoras proposed both the world, which he called Antichthon, and the mechanism of its concealment in the fifth century BCE. Although Counter-Earth – or Vulcan, as it is occasionally named – would not in fact remain hidden owing ...

Adams, Terry A

(1946-    ) US author whose D'neeran Factor sequence – Sentience: A Novel of First Contact (1986), The Master of Chaos (1989) and Battleground (2013) – begins in the conflict between "true" humans and D'Neerans, who are human telepaths (see ESP; Telepathy), and builds into a Space-Opera sequence involving new races and challenges to their female telepath protagonist, who saves several worlds. They are told in a skittish but engaging style designed to give some ...

Takachiho Haruka

Pseudonym of Kimiyoshi Takekawa (1951-    ), a Japanese author of sf and heroic Fantasy. While still a social science student at Hōsei University in 1972, he co-founded the design company Crystal Arts. Renamed Studio Nue in 1974, it became an influential cog in the Anime industry, credited with contributions to Super Dimensional Fortress Macross (1982-1983) and Uchū Senkan Yamato. A writer in a team of designers and illustrators, Takachiho called on Studio Nue's ...

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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