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Lensman [series]

Influential Space Opera series created by E E Smith (whom see for full discussion). Other authors of stories set in the Lensman universe are William Ellern, Hideyuki Furuhashi and David Kyle, the last focusing on the three Alien allies of the main series hero Kim Kinnison who like him attain the status of Second Stage Lensman. A concordance to the Lensman series forms the longest section of The Universes of E.E. Smith (1966) by Ron Ellik and Bill Evans. / Two Japanese Anime adaptations, the ...


British punk band led by Kenneth "Spizz" Spiers from Solihull. This was the best known iteration of the group he led during the punk/post-punk era, whose name would regularly change and be variations of his nickname. / By and large, early punk had little time for sf, partially due to its focus on the present but also because of its hostility towards Progressive Rock (see SF Music), which commonly used genre themes. There were a few exceptions, most notably X-Ray Spex (which see) and The ...

Marusek, David

(1951-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Earth Is on the Mend" for Asimov's in May 1993, and who quickly established a reputation for the creation of Near Future visions of Earth of nearly unparalleled complexity. Although he comes close at time to expounding a case for the kind of Technological fixes favoured by Hard SF writers, the exhilaratedness of his work does not depend on a sense that the problems and dilemmas the future offers us ...

Ward, Joy

(?   -    ) US author of the Young Adult Haint: A Tale of Extraterrestrial Intervention and Love Across Time and Space (2005), in which after aeons of mutual adaptation, survivors of doglike Aliens (who have become domestic canines) and Homo sapiens roam the Ruined Earth, which has been devastated by Climate Change. The eponymous Weimeramer narrates. [JC]

Enton, Harry

(1854-1927) US medical doctor and author who began writing dime novels as early as 1874; of Dime-Novel SF interest are the first three Frank Reade stories, all under the house name "Noname", beginning with The Steam Man of the Plains; Or, the Terror of the West (28 February 1876 The Boys of New York; 1896), all of them being very early examples of the Edisonade, each featuring the young inventor Frank Reade, plus a new Invention each tale, and much travel into territories ripe for exploitation. ...

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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