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Martin, Nettie Parrish

(1840-1915) US author of Indian Legends of Early Days (coll 1905), where she renders traditional Indian tales into English verse. A Pilgrim's Progress in Other Worlds: Recounting the Wonderful Adventures of Ulysum Storries and his Discovery of the Lost Star "Eden" (1908) is an sf novel whose protagonist, the inventor (see Invention) of a bird-like flying machine powered by electricity and capable of Space Flight, travels to various planets (including Mars and Jupiter), as well as the mysterious ...


US "magazine" in paperback-book format published by Ace Books, edited by James Baen, 11 issues, November 1978-August 1981, last issue undated. The list of contributors to all sections of the magazine – which could equally be thought of as an original-Anthology series – was impressive. Book reviews were by Spider Robinson, with Orson Scott Card and Norman Spinrad taking over from #6. Science-fact articles came from Jerry Pournelle, among others, and included a five-part series by ...

Alice in Borderland

Japanese Anime OVA series and live action Netflix Television series based on the Manga Alice in Borderland by Haro Aso, whose original title was Imawa no Kuni no Alice. / 1. Japanese Original Video Animation (2014-2015). Silver Link, Connect. Directed by Hideki Tachibana. Written by Ryōsuke Nakamura. Voice cast includes Yoshimasa Hosoya, Maaya Sakamoto, Tatsuhisa Suzuki and Tsubasa Yonaga. Three 23 minute episodes. Colour. / At 4am three Tokyo teenagers' discussion of their ...

Harris, Raymond

(1953-    ) US author who began publishing sf with his first novel, The Broken Worlds (1986), an attractive picaresque adventure. Shadows of the White Sun (1988) seems at first assessment almost too complex – it is set in a Far-Future solar system dominated by revenant star-sailors whose descendants occupy seven Space Habitats called the Hypaethra, orbiting the Sun, while a computer-created Android race occupies the planet Veii in exchange for ritual tribute paid to ...


One of sf's trademark Clichés is the use of rays – of any colour or none at all, inhabiting the known electromagnetic spectrum or imaginary new spectra, or entirely based on Pseudoscience – for all manner of showy and/or narratively convenient effects. Exotic rays give ambiguous aid in Medicine or spawn Mutants, but above all they provide glamorous Weapons. (For surveillance applications, see Spy-Rays.) / The Heat Ray used by H G Wells's Martians in The War of the Worlds ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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