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Known Space [series]

Popular sf Future History conceived by Larry Niven (whom see for further discussion), pleasingly blending intelligent Space Opera, Thought Experiments in Physics and various races of colourfully quirky Aliens such as the fanatically risk-averse Puppeteers, the enigmatic and nomadic Outsiders, the tigerish and battle-happy Kzinti, and several more. The series incorporates Niven's first published story "The Coldest Place" (December 1964 If) and thus, unfortunately, the assumption that Mercury ...

Watt, Laura

(?   -    ) US journalist and author whose Carry Me Back (1997) is a Time Travel tale whose protagonist goes back to a hypnotic (and toxic) 1951, late in the short life of Hank Williams (1923-1 January 1953); the time travel fades into the background and (though there is a romantic element) the music takes over. [JC]


Familiar Definitions of SF imply that there is nothing more alien to its concerns than religion. However, many of the roots of Proto SF are embedded in traditions of speculative fiction closely associated with the religious imagination, and contemporary sf recovered a strong interest in certain mystical and transcendental themes and images when it moved beyond the Taboos imposed by the Pulp magazines. Modern sf frequently confronts age-old speculative issues associated with Metaphysics and ...

Grant, Rob

(?   -    ) UK author, initially best known under the collaborative pseudonym Grant Naylor for his work on the Red Dwarf (1988-current) Television series (which see for discussion). Only one related novel, Backwards (1996), has not been published under this name; the series Ties Scenes from the Dwarf (coll 1996 chap) and Son of Soup: A Second Serving of the Least Worst Scripts (coll 1996) appeared as by Grant and Doug Naylor. / As Grant, his sf includes ...

Stone, Josephine Rector

Pseudonym of US author Jeanne Dixon (1936-    ), whose four sf novels, all for the early Young Adult market, absorbingly engage their young protagonists in seminal challenges. In Those Who Fall from the Sun (1978) a Disaster-ridden Earth must be fled, during the course of which the young protagonist finds she has prophetic powers, and guides her fellows to a new planet. Time Travel joins two young women from separate planets in Praise All the Moons of Morning (1979), and ...

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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