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A singularity in Mathematics is a point where a graphed equation veers off towards infinity and ceases to give physically useful or meaningful results: hence the singularity point predicted at the heart of a Black Hole by theoretical models which assume the total mass must be compressed by Gravity into an infinitesimal volume whose gravitational attraction at close range approaches infinity. The Singularity, or technological Singularity, is a hypothetical point in time at which human Technology ...

Aminoff, Iwan T

(1868-1928) Swedish noble, army officer and author. Aminoff's ancestors were Russian, but from the early seventeenth century the family lived in Finland, at that time a part of Sweden. His grandfather Johan Fredrik Aminoff (1756-1842) attained the rank of Major General and in 1808 was raised to the Swedish nobility; in 1819 he was also created a count by the Tsar, as Finland in 1809 had become the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland. Aminoff himself initially chose an army career, attaining the ...


To describe what is being done in the field of science fiction in Ecuador one must consider the early Fantasy literature, then the Scientific Romances of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, continuing to Science Fiction in the present. / The roots of science fiction in Ecuador are in Utopian texts written after the arrival of the Spanish in America. In these works myth is mixed with fantasy. The myths of El Dorado, where there are perfect and idyllic cities with buildings ...


Japanese tv series (1966-1967). Original title Urutoraman: Kûsô tokusatsu shirîzu; vt Ultraman: a Special Effects Fantasy Series. Created by Eiji Tsuburaya. Tsuburaya Productions. Directors include Hajime Tsuburaya, Toshihiro Iijima, Akio Jissôji and Samaji Nonagase. Writers include Tetsuo Kinjô, Mamoru Sasaki and Masahiro Yamada. Cast includes Bin Furuya, Susumu Kurobe and Masanari Nihei. 39 25-minute episodes plus a pre-premiere special. Colour. / The Alien ...

Walsh, M O

(?   -    ) US author whose first book, The Prospect of Magic (coll of linked stories 2010), presents a sequence of life stories, some of them Tall Tales [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], that unpack the lives of a crew of colourful carnies who have decided to remain in Fluker, Louisiana, after The World Famous Ploofop Travelling Carnival, which had housed and employed them (see Keep), is stuck there when its owner dies. The frame, and ...

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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