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Lawrence, James Cooper

(1890-1932) US industrialist and author of The Year of Regeneration: An Improbable Fiction (1932), in which a man living in 1983 recounts the technological Inventions and Political innovations – perhaps uncomfortably fascist in their implications for current readers – that brought the world out of depression and into a state approaching Utopia. [JC]

Alexander, David M

(1945-    ) US lawyer and author who writes mysteries as David Grace, and whose first sf novel, The Chocolate Spy (1978), concerns the creation of an organic Computer using cloned braincells (see Clones). His second, Fane (1981), set on a planet whose electromagnetic configurations permit the controlled use of Magic, describes an inimical attempt to augment these powers; this is in part a homage to Jack Vance. Seven 1990s appearances in Analog include three collaborations ...


Item of sf Terminology borrowed from speculative Physics; the term was coined in 1957 by the physicist John A Wheeler (1911-2008) to describe a hypothetical short-cut through space/time corresponding very roughly to the beloved sf concept of Hyperspace. Wormholes may be associated with Black Holes (another Wheeler coinage) and their once-fashionable but probably nonexistent counterparts White Holes. Such "Schwarzschild wormholes" would not be usable for transport – a point which failed to ...

McAllister, Angus

(1943-    ) Scottish solicitor, academic and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "What Dreams May Come" for Woman magazine in 1978. His first novel, The Krugg Syndrome (1988), is a mild-mannered and amusing tale of a country boy in the big City of Glasgow whose personality has been replaced by that of an Alien Krugg capable of Telepathy; echoing Robert Sheckley's story "Keep Your Shape" (November 1953 Galaxy), the human condition proves more attractive ...


Working name of UK musician and author Steven Patrick Morrissey (1959-    ), whose role as lead singer of The Smiths (1982-1987) and as a solo performer has attracted a sizeable and devoted following. Morrissey's sole venture into sf is "Fantastic Bird", a self-described "throwaway outtake" from Your Arsenal (1992). The song is a jaunty rockabilly number in which the singer's love interest sets out on the titular Spaceship in a failed attempt to become "the first stand-up ...

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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