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Moriarty, Chris

(1968-    ) US author whose Spin sequence of high-tech Space Operas – comprising Spin State (2003), Spin Control (2006), which won the Philip K Dick Award in 2007, and Ghost Spin (2013) – expertly embeds genuinely hard Hard SF concepts in a narrative dominated by a fast-mouthed female protagonist named Li with Cyberpunk-derived street-cred. The underlying premise – "quantum entanglements", possible at just a little above absolute zero, can motor AIs of ...


Describing sf in Bangla (or the Bengali language) is a topic fraught with difficulties. Any understanding of sf in this linguistic region must begin with an analysis of kalpabigyan, the term generally used as a very rough analogue to sf in Bangla at present. / First of all, there are problems of definition, as kalpabigyan, which is a recent formulation (see below), has a wider range of meanings and applications than those usually associated with sf, because at least in part it does not ...

Ship, Reuben

(1915-1975) Canadian Radio scriptwriter and author; in US from 1939 to 1953, when he was deported after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (as what is known in America as a premature anti-fascist, he had staged leftist plays before 1939); from 1956 until his death he lived in the UK. Though he was active in radio and Television in his later career, he remains best known for his Satire The Investigator (as radio play 30 May 1954 Canadian Broadcasting Company; ...

Aldrich, Thomas Bailey

(1836-1907) US author best-known for Story of a Bad Boy (1879); he was also responsible for Pansy's Wish: A Christmas Fantasy, with a Moral (1869), which was fantasy. Out of His Head, a Romance (coll of linked stories 1862) and The Queen of Sheba (1877) are early examples of the marginal subgenre of sf in which contemporary explorations in Psychology suggest storylines ranging from Amnesia to metempsychosis (and ultimately, it might be added, channelling). [JC]

Solar Opposites

US animated online tv series (2020). 20th Century Fox. Created by Mike McMahan and Justin Roiland. Executive producers: Josh Bycel, Mike McMahan and Justin Roiland. Directed by Kim Arndt, Lucas Gray, Bob Suarez and Andy Thom. Writers include Mike McMahan and Justin Roiland. Voice cast includes Sean Giambrone, Mary Mack, Sagan McMahan, Thomas Middleditch and Justin Roiland. Eight 24-minute episodes. Colour. / "Planet Shlorp was the perfect Utopia until the Asteroid hit. 100 adults and their ...

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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