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Lief, Evelyn

(1945-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Inspector" in Clarion (anth 1971) edited by Robin Scott Wilson, though she had sold at least one story earlier, and who published several stories in Anthologies in that decade. Her sf novel, The Clone Rebellion (1980), intended as the start of a series, depicts a world where Clones are grown for their organs; the clones, who discover they have Psi Powers when they congregate, duly rebel. [JC]

Tardivel, Jules-Paul

(1851-1905) US-born journalist and author, in Canada from about 1868, becoming a Canadian citizen in 1896; in Montreal he founded a newspaper, La Vérité, espousing Quebec nationalism, and published in it his separatist Utopia, Pour la patrie: roman du xxe siècle (1895 La Vérité; 1895; trans Sheila Fischman as For My Country: An 1895 Religious and Separatist Vision of Quebec in the Mid-Twentieth Century 1975). Set in a 1945 with sketchily depicted electric ...

Hamilton, Edmond

(1904-1977) US author, married to Leigh Brackett from 1946 until his death. With E E "Doc" Smith and Jack Williamson, he was one of the prime movers in the development of US sf, sharing with those writers in the creation and popularization of classic Space Opera as it first appeared in Pulp magazines from about 1928. His first story, "The Monster-God of Mamurth" for Weird Tales in August 1926, which vulgarized the florid weird-science world of Abraham Merritt, only hinted at the exploits to ...

Eve of Destruction

Film (1991). Orion. Directed by Duncan Gibbons. Written by Gibbons, Yale Udoff. Cast includes Gregory Hines and Renee Soutendijk. 98 minutes. Colour. / Soutendijk is good, both as Eve, a Defense Department scientist, and as Eve VIII, the military Robot that she creates in her own image. Armed with endless firepower and a nuclear bomb, the robot destroys the men Eve secretly hates, several male chauvinists and the police who try to stop her. Some critics see Eve VIII as a female "terminator" ...

Life on Other Worlds

Early interplanetary travellers invariably discovered worlds which were markedly akin to Earth. Without a theory of Evolution for a guide, let alone any but the most primitive awareness of Ecology, the imaginative creation of other-worldly life was inevitably a haphazard and arbitrary process. One notable exception is Johannes Kepler's attempt to imagine lunar life in the last pages of Somnium (1634). There is little in most other pre-twentieth-century accounts to distinguish other worlds from ...

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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