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Meme

Term coined by the biologist Richard Dawkins (1941-    ) in The Selfish Gene (1976), denoting "a unit of cultural transmission", a pattern of information which – analogous to the gene in Biology – tends to propagate itself. The general concept had previously been discussed by the biologist Jacques Monod (1910-1976) in Chance and Necessity: An Essay on the Natural Philosophy of Modern Biology (1971), and may in fact be traced indirectly back to Die Mneme (1908; ...

Edwards, David

(?   -    ) US author whose Next Stop – Mars!: A Novel of the First Spaceship Voyage to the Red Planet (1959) sends another first space flight to Mars. He is unlikely to be the David Edwards who is the author of Dreams, Tales, & Lullabies: Stories from my Grandfather's House (coll 1985), an unremarkable collection with some fantasy content; and whose date of birth has been given as 1945. [JC]

Valier, Max

(1895-1930) Austrian engineer and author, in active service during World War One. He is of early interest for Weltende ["World's End"] (1922 chap; exp vt Weltuntergang ["Doomsday"] 1923), a nonfiction survey of various ways in which the End of the World might occur. He is mainly known as a pioneer in rocket research in association with Hermann Oberth, under whose influence he published Der Vorstoß in den Weltenraum ["Advance into Space"] (1925), an important early nonfiction advocacy of ...

Silverberg, Robert

(1935-    ) US editor and author, extremely prolific writer of more than one hundred sf books, a large number of nonfiction books (not always under his own name) and a great deal of other work, including an estimated two hundred erotic novels as by Don Elliott [see Checklist for an example] and other undisclosed pseudonyms [these and other books of no sf interest are omitted from the Checklist]; he has also edited or co-edited more than seventy anthologies. He began to write ...

Cleopatra 2525

US tv series (2000-2001). Renaissance Pictures/Universal Television Network. Syndicated. Created by R J Stewart and Robert G Tapert. Executive producer: Sam Raimi. Producers: Janine Dickens, Chloe Smith. Directors included T J Scott, Rick Jacobsen and Andrew Merrifield. Writers included Carl Ellsworth, Kevin Lund, Chris Black and Hilary Bader. Cast includes Elizabeth Hawthorne, Victoria Pratt, Jennifer Sky and Gina Torres. 28 episodes total; first season 22 to 25 minutes; second season 42 to 45 ...

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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