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Long Night

Term used by Poul Anderson in his Technic History sequence to denote the galactic Dark Ages expected after the fall of a Terran Galactic Empire already mired in Decadence, a narrative of Decline and Fall and the Darkness to come that comprises a central thread in the megatext (see SF Megatext) of the West, as exemplified in the twentieth century by Arnold J Toynbee (1889-1975) in A Study of History (1933-1961 11vols), especially Volumes V and VI (both 1939) where his depiction of "The ...

Robeson, Kenneth

A House Name for authors writing the Doc Savage series as it appeared 1933-1949 in Doc Savage magazine, published by Street & Smith. The Robeson name is most strongly associated with Lester Dent, who wrote all but 43 of the Doc Savage stories; other authors involved in that initial run included William G Bogart, Harold A Davis, Laurence Donovan, Alan Hathway and W Ryerson Johnson. Three stories – The Man of Bronze: Doc Savage and his Pals in a Novel of Unusual Adventure (1933; vt Doc ...

Wise, Robert

(1914-2005) US film director, who began his career as a film-cutter at RKO Studios and by 1939 was a fully qualified editor. He worked on Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941) and also – at the studio's insistence when the director was safely out of the country – directed a few scenes in Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). He then worked with the Val Lewton unit at RKO, first as editor, then as director. He made three films for Lewton – Curse of the Cat People (1944; ...

Weinstein, Howard

(1954-    ) US author whose work has been restricted to Ties until the twenty-first century, when he began to publish the occasional short story. Ties for Star Trek (1966-1969) include The Covenant of the Crown (1981), Deep Domain (1987) and The Better Man (1994); those for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) include Power Hungry (1989), Exiles (1990) and Perchance to Dream (1991); those for "V" (1983-1985) include East Coast Crisis (1984) with A C Crispin, Prisoners ...

Uplift

This term, both noun and verb, has entered the sf vocabulary, partly it may be to dodge the implications of, or simply to overleap, the kind of applied Eugenics that marks, for instance, the Arisians' breeding of an Aryan super race to rule the galaxies in E E Smith's Lensman series. Less toxically, the term tends to denote an assisted leap of Evolution – specifically, the raising of nonsentient or otherwise handicapped beings to a level of Intelligence or technological capability ...

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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