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Haley, Guy

(1973-    ) UK author whose Richards & Klein Investigations sequence – comprising the short Nemesis Worm (2011 ebook), Reality 36 (2011) and Omega Point (2012) – features the eponymous noir detectives, one an AI and the other an Android, in a complexly delineated distant Near Future marked by the multiplex layers of reality and Virtual Reality that interconnect the 36 Pocket Universes signalled by the title of the second instalment, Reality 36. The ...

Du Brul, Jack

(1968-    ) US author who has focused on Technothrillers, some of them extending into the fantastic, as does his first novel, Vulcan's Forge (1998) as by Jack B Du Brul, which begins the Philip Mercer sequence featuring a geologist who – not entirely unlike Steven Spielberg's similarly scholarly Indiana Jones – has physical gifts extending beyond the probable. In Vulcan's Forge, a volcano has been artificially induced in 1954, 200 miles away from Hawaii (though ...

Homeostatic Systems

An item of sf Terminology borrowed from the pre-digital-Computer era of Cybernetics. A homeostatic system is a device which automatically maintains itself in a state of equilibrium, with input and output exactly balanced, using negative feedback devices to do so. The term originally came from physiology, for the human body itself has many homeostatic systems – perhaps more simply thought of, to use less scientific terminology, as self-regulating systems. For example, through a variety of ...

Eidson, William B

(?   -    ) US author of The Blue Helix (1999), a Near Future tale in which the fatal illness of his wife inspires the protagonist's Invention of an Immortality Drug which also confers super powers. [JC]

Walther, Daniel

(1940-2018) French editor and author who began publishing short stories in 1965, publishing at least 165 tales over the following decades; he proved an eclectic author and easy stylist who could switch from Hard SF to Heroic Fantasy. Mais l'espace ... Mais le temps ["What about Space? What about Time?"] (1972) is a long novella blending space Technology and Magic. Requiem pour demain ["Requiem for Tomorrow"] (coll 1976) shows him at his most experimental, gathering work which reminded critics ...

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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