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Scott, R T M

Form of name used independently by two Canadian authors, father and son, both christened Reginald Thomas Maitland Scott, though the son was usually called Robert and sometimes wrote simply as Maitland Scott. Scott Senior (1882-1966) had been a much-travelled marine engineer and subsequent soldier during World War One, with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, before settling in the USA and turning to writing. His first story, "Such Bluff as Dreams Are Made Of" (April 1920 Adventure) introduced the ...

Neptune Factor, The

Film (1973; vt Conquest of the Deeps). Quadrant Films/20th Century Fox Film Corporation. Produced by Sandy Howard. Directed by Daniel Petrie. Written by Jack DeWitt. Cast includes Ernest Borgnine, Ben Gazzara, Yvette Mimieux and Walter Pidgeon. 98 minutes. Colour. / Oceanlab, a laboratory Under the Sea off the eastern coast of Canada, slides into a deep abyss after an earthquake, trapping its three-man crew with only a seven-day supply of oxygen. The crevice is both too deep and too narrow ...

Lightner, A M

(1904-1988) US author of much popular-science nonfiction under her married name, Alice L Hopf, beginning with Monarch Butterflies (1965), and of Children's SF and Young Adult fiction as Lightner, beginning with "A New Game" for Boys' Life in 1959. After The Pillar and the Flame (1928), a nonfantastic narrative poem, she began to publish sf novels with the undemanding Rock sequence of Space Operas comprising The Rock of Three Planets (1963), The Planet Poachers (1965) and The Space Ark (1968); ...

Host, The

Film (2013). IAV International in association with Silver Reel. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol. Based on The Host (2008) by Stephenie Meyer. Cast includes Jake Abel, Emily Browning (uncredited), Chandler Canterbury, William Hurt, Max Irons, Diane Kruger and Saoirse Ronan. 125 minutes. Colour. / A race of benign interstellar parasites (see Parasitism and Symbiosis), who carry out the Colonization of Other Worlds by inserting their wormlike bodies into the brainstem of local host ...

Open Universe

In cosmology an open universe is a model of the Universe which implies that it will continue to expand forever; in this general sense, the term is found incidentally in many sf novels. However, sf readers also use it in a quite different meaning: to designate a work or series whose characters and venues may be made use of by fans and others in Fanzines without copyright restrictions (although the original authors do sometimes impose constraints). The best known open universes of science fiction ...

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, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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