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Norton, Andre

Initially the working name of US author Alice Mary Norton (1912-2005), but for most of her career her legal name. A librarian for two decades before turning to full-time writing, she was one of the few sf figures of any stature to enter the field via Children's SF, and, though much of her work is fully as adult in theme and difficulty as most general sf, she was for many years primarily marketed as a writer for children and the Young Adult market. In the 1970s and 1980s, however, as her work ...

Discworld [series]

Bestselling comic Fantasy Series which is central to the popularity of Terry Pratchett (see his entry for further discussion). The Discworld setting is a flat world (see Flat Earth) supported by four elephants standing atop a giant spacegoing turtle, this whole ensemble complicatedly orbited by the local sun and moon. Beginning with broad Parody of fantasy authors and tropes in The Colour of Magic (1983), the sequence has developed an sf-like sensibility with its introduction of successive ...


Film (2014). Canal+, Ciné+, EuropaCorp. Directed and written by Luc Besson. Cast includes Min-sik Choi, Morgan Freeman, Scarlett Johannson, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Amr Waked. 89 minutes. Colour. / Prologue. A cell is seen splitting into other cells. It is clear that Evolution will be important to the actual story. A CGI rendering of a prehistoric chimpanzee or hominid appears – not exactly the specimen of Australopithecus afarensis given the name Lucy, but close enough. A woman's ...

Wylde, Thomas

(1946-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Target of Opportunity" for Galaxy in 1974, and who s continued to produce short fiction regularly for the next two decades, some of it Hard SF tinged with ironies. His novels have all been Ties: two tales in the Alien Speedway sequence, Roger Zelazny's Alien Speedway #2: Pitfall (1988) and Roger Zelazny's Alien Speedway #3: The Web (1988); and two in the Dr Bones sequence, Dr Bones #3: Garukan Blood ...

Harbinson, W Allen

(1941-    ) UK author who has published at least twenty-five combat novels, none of them with fantastic content, as by Shaun Clarke, and who under his own name is best known for his exercises in the sf of Paranoia, most of this material based on the notion that our planet – either at the ultimate behest of Aliens or of a Pariah Elite of humans – is investigating or governing us, or both. The Projekt Saucer sequence – in order of internal chronology, Projekt ...

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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