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Galt, John

(1779-1839) Scottish developer, social critic and author, active in the latter capacity from around 1805; mostly in the UK and Canada from 1804 to 1834. Most of his fiction is nonfantastic, and set in his native Ayrshire along the north-west coast of Scotland; some of these tales, like The Spaewife: A Tale of the Scottish Chronicles (1823 3vols), contain some supernatural elements. "The Star of Destiny" (in The Autobiography of John Galt 1833 2vols) concerns an abjured Faustian pact. He is of ...

Womack, Jack

(1956-    ) US author whose first five novels are stylish and potent exercises in a post-Cyberpunk urban idiom, and comprise the first instalments in the loose ongoing Terraplane series about the state of America; the sixth volume followed later. The sequence, reminiscent at points of the baroque New York detective fictions of Jerry Oster (1943-    ), begins with Ambient (1987), set in the complexly desolated warzone which New York has become in the early ...

Glanville, Ernest

(1856-1925) South African author much of whose tales of adventure are set in the veldt; The Inca's Treasure (1894.) is a Lost-Race tale, and Tyopa: A Bush Romance (1920) is an Apes as Human tale of moderate interest. [JC]

Ō-Atari Sora no Entaku

["The Plane Cabby's Lucky Day"] Animated film (1932 Japan). Marvel Graph, Kyōryoku Eiga-sha. Directed by Teizō Katō. 10 minutes. Black and white. / In the future year of 1980, mankind dwells "in the sky" (actually in skyscrapers) and the land has been ceded to talking animals (see Uplift). A human cabby on a long fare is forced to stop in the clouds to repair his plane, where one of the local birds informs him of a nearby Island possessing rich treasure. / With its ...

Chang Shi-Kuo

(1944-    ) Chinese author and lecturer in computer science (see Computers), in Taiwan from circa 1949, in the USA from 1966 and a long-standing professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Chang was the founding editor of the academic journals Visual Languages & Computing and Software Engineering & Knowledge Engineering, co-editor of Distance Education Technologies, and effectively became his own publisher when he founded the Knowledge Systems Institute in 1978. Chang ...

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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