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Delgado, Ronald

(1980-    ) Venezuelan physicist and author of short Hard SF stories. His narratives alternate between hard sf and erotic sf. His story "1000101" won the third prize in I Concurso de Relatos Eróticos: Sexo Para Leer by Revista Urbe Bikini in 2007 and appeared in Revista Urbe Bikini: Sexo a 62 Manos. Antología (anth 2007). In this story he portrays the utilization of Virtual Reality technologies for Sex. He also won the II Concurso de Relatos de Ciencia ...

King, Godfré Ray

Pseudonym of US mining engineer and Theosophist (see Theosophy) Guy Warren Ballard (1878-1939), whose doctrines – he became the Messenger of the Prophet Saint Germain on a mountain in California in 1930 – were rendered in fictional form as The Magic Presence (1935), a Lost Race tale in which Lemurians are discovered Underground beneath Mount Shasta, and Unveiled Mysteries (1939), in which a second scientifically advanced City is discovered in the heart of the Sahara Desert. [JC]


In sf Terminology, a ship capable of travel between the stars – one of the many sf neologisms which have passed into the language. Various aspects of such ships are discussed under Faster Than Light; Generation Starships; Spaceships; Suspended Animation; World Ships. [PN]

MacLean, Katherine

(1925-2019) US author who took a BA from Barnard College, New York, did postgraduate study in psychology, became a quality-control lab technician in a food factory, and subsequently served as a college lecturer in creative writing and literature. Much of MacLean's output consisted of short stories, most of which, including her first, "Defense Mechanism" in October 1949, appeared in Astounding; as in much of her later work, Psi Powers are central. She generally wrote under her own name, although ...

Sarah Jane Adventures, The

UK tv series (2007-2011). Created by Russell T Davies for BBC Wales. Producers include Davies, Julie Gardner, Nikki Smith, and Phil Ford. Directors include Joss Agnew, Alice Troughton, and Graeme Harper. Writers include Davies, Ford, and Gareth Roberts. Cast includes Daniel Anthony, Tommy Knight, Anjli Mohindra (season 2 and onwards), Yasmin Paige (season 1) and Elisabeth Sladen. 60-minute pilot followed by 46 30-minute episodes. / The second season of the rejuvenated Doctor Who ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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