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Scientific Errors

Scientific errors in sf are not to be confused with Imaginary Science, where the author invents the science and tries to make it plausible, nor with Pseudoscience, where the author adheres to some alternative quasiscientific system unrecognized by the majority of the scientific community. Scientific errors are here taken to mean plain mistakes. / Sf in the days of the Pulp magazines was very much more prone to error than it is now, and it was for the absurdity of so much of the science, at ...

Waisbrooker, Lois

Pseudonym of US Feminist editor, publisher and author Adeline Eliza Nichols (1826-1909); she wrote several nonfantastic propaganda novels like Alice Vale: A Story for the Times (1869), about an abnormally sensitive and intelligent woman constantly at odds with male expectations of her sex. She is of sf interest for A Sex Revolution (1894), in which a Utopia is posited where women have gained control over their own bodies, are recognized as superior to males as nature intended, enjoy sexual ...

Forward, Simon A

(1967-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "One Bad Apple" (in Doctor Who: More Short Trips, anth 1999, ed Stephen Cole); and who has published four Doctor Who Ties: Doctor Who: Drift (2002), Doctor Who Novellas: Shellshock (2003), and Doctor Who: Emotional Chemistry (2003). Under his own name, and as Steve Rogers, he has also published several Ties. [JC]

Arnold, Jack

(1916-1992) US film-maker, born Jack Arnold Waks, who made a number of sf films during the 1950s. In World War Two, while in the Army Signal Corps, which was producing training films, Arnold found himself working with the great documentary maker Robert Flaherty and received an invaluable crash course in film-making. After World War Two he made several successful documentaries. This led to an offer from Universal Studios to direct feature films, beginning with Girls in the Night (1953). In 1953 ...

Howgego, Raymond John

(1946-    ) UK traveller and author whose studies of explorations and excursions have culminated in the Encyclopedia of Exploration sequence beginning with Encyclopedia of Exploration to 1800 (2003), with 5,000+ entries in 4,000,000 words. The scope of the final volume of the series is revealed in its full title, Encyclopedia of Exploration: Invented and Apocryphal Narratives of Travel: A Comprehensive Guide to Invented, Imaginary, Apocryphal and Plagiarized Narratives of ...

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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