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Solar System

This encyclopedia deals with sf about our Solar System under the following headwords, moving conventionally outward from the Sun (see also Stars for a more general treatment of suns). There are individual entries for Mercury, Venus, the Moon but not the Earth itself – though certain aspects are discussed under Gaia – Mars, the Asteroids, Jupiter, the Outer Planets (comprising Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, the now-demoted Pluto, assorted moons and the frequently imagined "tenth planet", ...

Coover, Robert

(1932-    ) US author who has established a considerable reputation with his novels, in which Fabulation and political scatology mix fruitfully. His work could be seen to represent a Postmodernist intensification of the same milieu excoriated by Richard Condon. The Origin of the Brunists (1965) subverts the millennial fantasy tropes at its heart, as Giovanni Bruno – whose name echoes the historical Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) – and his followers await the End of ...

Kelleam, Joseph E

(1913-1975) US author and civil servant, an occasional contributor to the sf field since publishing his first story, "Rust" (October 1939 Astounding). His first novel, Overlords from Space (1956 dos), is a routine tale in which Alien conquerors of Earth are defeated at last. The Little Men (February 1959 Amazing as "Hunters out of Time"; 1960; vt Hunters out of Time 2012 dos) and its sequel, Hunters of Space (May 1960 Amazing as "Hunters of Space"; 1960; vt Hunters out of Space 2009 ebook), ...

Hubbell, Will

(?   -    ) US illustrator and author, who also writes fantasy as Morgan Howell. He should not be confused with the photographer William B Hubbell Jr (1934-    ). His Constance Clements sequence of Time Travel tales, comprising Cretaceous Sea (2002) and Sea of Time (2004), moves initially to the Cretaceous era, 65,000,000 years ago, where a resort has been set up at the potential epicentre of a world-changing Disaster; in the second, rather ...

Russell, Mary Doria

(1950-    ) US paleo-anthropologist and author who established a strong reputation for cognitive subtlety and narrative power in her brief sf career; after the Emilio Sandoz sequence – comprising The Sparrow (1996), her first novel, which won the Arthur C Clarke Award, the BSFA Award, the James Tiptree Jr Award, and inspired the granting of the John W Campbell Award in 1998; plus Children of God (1998) – she turned her interest to other fields. Both A Thread of ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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