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Ziemann, Hans-Heinrich

(1944-    ) German author known outside his native land primarily for being the partner of actor Rita Tushingham (1942-    ); of sf interest is Explosion im Atomkraftwerk (1976; trans Joachim Neugroschel as Explosion 1978; rev vt as The Accident 1979), a Near Future tale describing the Disaster of a vast and at least initially uncontrollable explosion in a nuclear power plant in the Rhine Valley. [JC]

Positronic Robots

Because Isaac Asimov's Robot stories are so celebrated, this term is one of the best known in the genre; it is not, however, a generally used item of sf Terminology, few writers having had the cheek to borrow the idea from its inventor – although H Beam Piper went one better in "Graveyard of Dreams" (February 1958 Galaxy) with a "positron-neutrino-photon" Computer, and Data, the Android in Star Trek: The Next Generation, is described as having a positronic brain. The positron is the ...

Beresford, Leigh

Pseudonym of John Leigh Everett (circa 1941-    ), an author whose single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is Fantocine (1981), a picaresque tale of a born peculator or thief told somewhat in the ornate manner of Jack Vance. [DRL]

Newman, Sandra

(1965-    ) US author whose later fiction is of sf interest, though her earlier work edges deftly out of mimetic constraints, an instance being her first novel, The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done (2002), whose hallucinatedly fragmented narrative renders a dislocated America almost graphically enough to register as an exercise in Fantastika. Her third novel, The Country of Ice Cream Star (2014), is set in a moderately distant Near Future Ruined Earth version of America; ...

Watts, Peter

(1958-    ) Canadian marine biologist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Niche" in Tesseracts3 (anth 1990) edited by Candas Jane Dorsey and Gerry Truscott; his early short fiction was assembled as Ten Monkeys, Ten Minutes (coll 2001); Beyond the Rift (coll 2013) mostly assembles more recent stories. He is very much better known, however, for his longer work, in particular the Hard SF Rifters sequence, comprising Starfish (1999) and Maelstrom ...

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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