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The asteroids (or minor planets) mostly lie between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The first to be discovered was Ceres, identified by Giuseppe Piazzi (1746-1826) in 1801; three more, including Vesta and Pallas, were discovered in the same decade, and hundreds of thousands have now been catalogued. Only a few are over 150 km (100 miles) in diameter, the largest – Ceres, classified since 2006 as a dwarf planet rather than an asteroid – being some 700 km (435 miles) across. A once ...

Cole, Myke

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shouting Down the Moon" in The Book of Final Flesh (anth 2003) edited by James Lowder, which appeared more or less simultaneously with his first novel, Car Trouble (2003), a Tie to the Wildsidhe Chronicles Shared World fantasy sequence. He is of sf interest for the Equipoisal Shadow Ops series comprising Control Point (2012) – which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award ...

Roys, Willis E

(?   -?   ) US author of Flame Eternal; And, Maharajah's Son (coll 1936), the first of the two novellas assembled being a Lost Race tale in which an Edenic matriarchy (see Gender) is discovered in the heart of Brazil. [JC]

Doughty, Charles M

(1843-1926) UK explorer and author whose Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888) profoundly influenced T E Lawrence (1888-1935), among others. The increasingly difficult, archaic language of Doughty's later work, a series of book-length poems, as well as the austerity of their arguments, has kept them from as wide acclaim as his great work on Arabia, which was not only hypnotically written, but also deeply reliable as an anthropological and geographical dissection of a virtually unknown land. His ...

Yansky, Brian

(1957-    ) US author whose Near Future Young Adult Sangrian Invasion sequence – comprising Alien Invasion & Other Inconveniences (2010) and Homicidal Aliens & Other Disappointments (2013) – is set after an Alien Invasion has unhoused the young protagonist, who must learn how to survive while resisting the enemy. The Telepathic Sangrians combine a typical disdain for Homo sapiens and an evolved Ecological consciousness: their motives for genocide against ...

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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