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Truth Quotient, The

Performance (2013; vt This Rough Magic). Written by Richard Manly; directed by Eric Parness; produced by Resonance Ensemble; featuring Jarel Davidow, Angelina Fiordellisi, Meredith Howard, Brian Tom O'Connor, Shaun Bennet Wilson and Maxwell Zener. Samuel Beckett Theatre, New York City, 9 January 2013. / In Richard Manly's The Truth Quotient, what is real and what is true come to the fore in the story of billionaire entrepreneur David (Davidow). David has purchased extremely sophisticated ...

Bonham, Frank

(1914-1988) US author, most of whose adult novels were Westerns, and who wrote in various modes for younger readers, though some of his sf or fantasy was for Young Adult readers. The Missing Persons League (1976), set in a starving Dystopian USA, presents its young protagonist with the chance to find a better world. The Forever Formula (1979) is a strong sf tale in which a young man awakens from Suspended Animation to find himself torn between opposing factions: those who wish for his father's ...

Wilson, Robert

(?   -    ) US author whose Science Fantasy tale Tentacles of Dawn (1978) is set mostly in a terrifying Underground world, from which its protagonist – who may have been transported there via Time Travel – eventually escapes (see Pocket Universe). [JC]

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 ...

Fantasy Entries

Previous editions of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction included a number of entries for authors whose genre output consists entirely of indisputable Fantasy, or whose few short sf stories would not have warranted an entry in the absence of more substantial works of fantasy, Horror or supernatural fiction in their bibliographies. Most such entries – excepting authors like J R R Tolkien whose influence has clearly extended into sf – would with hindsight have been reserved for the ...

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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