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Lagrange Point

Item of scientific Terminology denoting each of the five locations in a two-body orbital arrangement where under the influence of Gravity alone a third, smaller body can remain in orbit with respect to the first two. These Lagrange or Lagrangian Points are named for the French mathematician Joseph Louis Lagrange (1736-1813), whose 1772 essay on what is generally called the three-body problem extended the earlier work of his mentor Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), who had found three solutions in ...

Storey, Anthony

(1928-    ) UK author – born Anthony Story, although he and other family members mostly used the alternative spelling Storey – formerly a rugby player, and brother of the playwright and novelist David Storey (1933-2017). His Satire-drenched Messiah trilogy – comprising The Rector (1970), The Centre Holds (1973) and The Saviour (1978) – deals with the traumas surrounding the announced birth of a child its mother claims to be the Messiah, and the ...

Stickgold, Bob

(1945-    ) US neurobiologist, psychiatrist specializing in sleep research and author, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Susie's Reality" in the UK edition of Worlds of If (see If) for May-June 1973. His first sf novel, Gloryhits (1978) with Mark Noble, deals with a Disaster following upon research in recombinant DNA, a government-funded Genetic Engineering experiment designed to create a Superman but which, administered in the form of the eponymous LSD-like ...

Mackie, Philip

(1918-1985) UK screenwriter whose Television drama, An Englishman's Castle (1978 3 episodes), depicts an England long occupied by Nazi Germany (see Hitler Wins); as its protagonist gradually begins to understand the depths of the tyranny he and his lover suffer under, the tale becomes both darker and more subtle. [JC]

Wharton, William

Pseudonym of US painter and author Albert William du Aime (1925-2008), mostly in Paris from about 1960. Though his real name was known for many years, it was not revealed publicly until late in life, so that his pseudonymous writing career could be conducted separately from his career as a painter. Best known for Fabulations with a Magic-Realist colouring, like Birdy (1979) and Dad (1981), he moved gradually into tales whose resolution depends upon their being read as Fantasy. In A Midnight ...

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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