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There is an only half-facetious precept in Physics stating that "anything which is not prohibited is compulsory". Olexa-Myron Bilaniuk and E C George Sudarshan suggested in 1962, and Gerald Feinberg in 1967, that the idea of a particle that can only travel Faster Than Light does not violate any of the basic maxims of Relativistic physics. Such a hypothetical particle (a tachyon, as opposed to the more familiar tardyon, or slower-than-light particle) might emit Cerenkov radiation analogous to ...

Timms, E V

(1895-1960) Australian screenwriter and author who was in active service during World War One; his books for adults are nonfantastic, but his children's fiction include two Lost Race tales: The Valley of Adventure: A Story for Boys (1926), which finds a secret enclave deep in the Australian outback to be inhabited by aborigines, who pose a threat to White Australians; and The Cities Under the Sea (1948), set less datedly in the Sargasso Sea, where the protagonists end up in their search for a ...

Kenyon, Kay

(1956-    ) US author who has worked as an urban planner, a profession reflected in the architectonic solidity of her worldbuilding. From her first novel, The Seeds of Time (1997), her work has been notable for its focus on the particular nature of the planets where she sets her sometimes overcomplicated human dramas. She is a good example of the evolution of the perhaps over-egged 1980s debate between Cyberpunk writers and Humanists, perhaps rewritten as a debate between ...

Timmons, Stan

(1966-    ) US author, chiefly of Ties, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Life Is But a Dream" in the Marvel Universe Superhero anthology The Ultimate X-Men (anth 1996) edited by Stan Lee. His first novel was the Heavy Metal-related Heavy Metal F.A.K.K.2. (1999) with Kevin Eastman. A solo venture is Ammon's Horn (2013), set in a Post-Holocaust USA where much of the population has fallen prey to a terrorist-spread virus Pandemic known as "the 'noids" (from ...

Mist, The

Film (2007). Dimension Films, Darkwoods Productions, The Weinstein Company. Directed by Frank Darabont. Written by Darabont, from Stephen King's "The Mist" (in Dark Forces, anth 1980, edited by Kirby McCauley). Cast includes Andre Braugher, Jeffrey DeMunn, Nathan Gamble, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Thomas Janes, Toby Jones, Melissa Susan McBride and Frances Sternhagen. 126 minutes. Colour. / The setting is Bridgton, Maine, a version of Stephen King's Castle Rock, the imaginary small ...

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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