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Abels, Harriette S

(1926-    ) US author, in her latter career mostly of romance novels for younger readers; of some sf interest are two series. The Astro-Orb sequence of Space Opera and other adventures for younger readers begins with Spaceship EM-88 (1979 chap), and depicts the exploits of Emergency Ship 88 over much of the solar system, including encounters with Aliens. The Future sequence is a nonfiction series of illustrated Futures Studies texts for younger readers, including some ...

Sphere

Film (1998). Warner Bros presents a Baltimore Pictures and Constant c production in association with Punch Productions. Directed by Barry Levinson. Written by Paul Attanasio, Stephen Hauser and Kurt Wimmer, based on the novel Sphere (1987) by Michael Crichton. Cast includes Peter Coyote, Marga Gómez, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L Jackson, Queen Latifah, Liev Schreiber and Sharon Stone. 134 minutes. Colour. / Scientists investigating an Alien orb aboard a submerged Spaceship descend into ...

Carson, Rae

(1973-    ) US author, who is married to Charles Coleman Finlay; she began publishing work of genre interest with "First Waltz" in Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine for 2006, almost entirely concentrating on fantasy for the first several years of her career. The Young Adult Fire and Thorns sequence beginning with The Girl of Fire and Thorns (2011) is romantic dynastic fantasy with Magic; the Gold Seer Trilogy beginning with Walk on Earth a Stranger (2015), which is set in ...

Checklist of Abbreviations

Abbreviations listed below in bold face are explained at greater length in Editorial Practices. Abbreviations marked as links also have their own entries, to which the link goes and where they are more fully explained. / «title» – a projected or ghost title # – number Amazing – Amazing Stories anth – Anthology Asimov's – Asimov's Science Fiction Astounding – Astounding Science-Fiction chap – chapbook, a volume of ...

Buggles

Also known as The Buggles. A UK synth-pop band comprising Trevor Horn (1949-    ) and Geoff Downes (1952-    ). Masters of bright and electro-pop that both mourned the passing of the old world and celebrated the colourful and plastic near-future, the career of The Buggles was appropriately shiny and transient. Their first single "Video Killed the Radio Star" was a number #1 hit; and the rush-released album, The Age of Plastic (1980) stands as one of the ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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