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Stiegler, Marc

(1954-    ) US software developer and author who began publishing his characteristic Hard-SF stories with "The Bully and the Crazy Boy" in Analog for November 1980, and whose short work, assembled in The Gentle Seduction (coll 1990), promulgates technological solutions to neatly couched problems (see Technology); "The Gentle Seduction" (April 1989 Analog), for instance, predicts the coming of the Singularity. David's Sling (1984) applies the same philosophy to problems of ...

Kapp, Colin

(1928-2007) UK author and worker in electronics, initially with the Mullard Radio Valve Company; later a freelance electroplating consultant. He began publishing sf with "Life Plan" for New Worlds in November 1958, and much of his best work soon appeared in this magazine, including "Lambda I" (December 1962 New Worlds) – which deals with the perils of Transportation through the solid Earth via a kind of Hyperspace or Matter Penetration, and gave its title to the John Carnell collection ...

Simmons, Dan

(1948-    ) US elementary school teacher circa 1971-1987 and author, who began publishing work of genre interest with "The River Styx Runs Upstream" for Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine in April 1982, and who was for some time thought of primarily as an author of tales of Horror, some of which – along with sf and Fantasy stories – were assembled in Prayers to Broken Stones (coll 1990). True to the instincts of that genre, his first novel, Song of Kali ...

Silent Möbius 2

Japanese animated film (1992). Anime International Company (AIC). Based on the Manga by Kia Asamiya. Directed by Yasunori Ide. Written by Manabu Nakamura. Voice cast includes Toshiko Fujita, Chieko Honda, Naoko Matsui, Maya Okamoto and Hiromi Tsuru. 56 minutes. Colour. / The film explains how Katsumi Liqueur (Matsui) joined AMP, Tokyo's Attack Mystification Police Department: it fills the gap in Silent Möbius (1991) between her refusing to join the organization, and becoming an ...

Cox, Joan

(1942-    ) US rancher and author whose first sf novel, Mindsong (1979), features a planet terraformed into a Hellenic Eden (see Utopia). Her second, Star Web (1980), is somewhat less engaging. [JC] see also: Faster Than Light. /

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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