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Jarvis, Sharon

(1943-    ) US author whose fiction has all been written with collaborators under joint pseudonyms. As Jarrod Comstock she published the These Lawless Worlds sequence of mildly erotic sf in Planetary Romance settings: These Lawless Worlds #1: The Love Machine (1984) with Ellen M Kozak, These Lawless Worlds #2: Scales of Justice (1984) with Ellen M Kozak, and Kingdom Come (1985) solo. As Johanna Hailey she published with Marcia Yvonne Howl (1947-    ) ...

Spore

Videogame (2008). Maxis. Designed by Will Wright. Platforms: Mac, Win. / The Panspermia theory formulated by the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Svante Arrhenius hypothesizes that life is spread throughout the universe by drifting seeds, or spores. The game of Spore begins with a single cell, deposited in the ocean of an unknown planet by a convenient meteor; the player's goal is to evolve this organism into an intelligent species capable of building a starfaring civilization. Gameplay is ...

Straus, Ralph

(1882-1950) UK author who also published as by Ralph Strode; his only sf novel, The Dust which Is God: An Undimensional Adventure (1907 chap), confronts a frustrated scientist (see Mad Scientist) whose mentor from another Dimension serves as his Virgilian guide on a tour of various exemplary planets (see Cosmology; Utopia), where he learns that the goal of Evolution – which is to say "the Evolution of the superman" (see Superman) – is to realize the god within us. That this tale was ...

Deamer, Dulcie

(1890-1972) New Zealand-born author, in Australia from before 1922, where in association with various writers and artists – including Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) – she ruffled some provincial dovecotes. Lindsay illustrated her first story, "As It Was in the Beginning", for the Australasian literary magazine The Lone Hand, where it was a 1907 competition winner and appeared in the January 1908 issue. This story is a Prehistoric SF romance; three sequels about its Neolithic characters ...

Davis, Russell

(1970-    ) US author, editor and publisher in many genres whose pseudonyms include David Cian and Christopher Tracy; he has edited a number of anthologies, most in collaboration with Martin H Greenberg. In his sf novel Touchless (2002) the protagonist, whose dead wife is in Cryonic storage, is offered the choice (reminiscent of an episode in A.I.: Artificial Intelligence [2001]) between having her restored for one day as a Virtual Reality Avatar, with no hope of further ...

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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