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Allum, Tom

(?   -    ) UK author for the Young Adult market, perhaps best known for the Hurricane Harland detective thriller sequence; of sf interest is Emperor of Space (1959; vt Boy Beyond the Moon 1960), a mild Space Opera featuring a lad. [JC]

Whiteson, Leon

(1930-2013) Southern-Rhodesia-born architect, journalist and author, resident variously in UK, USA and Canada. He is of sf interest for Scanners (1980; vt David Cronenberg's Scanners 1981), a Tie novelizing the screenplay of the film Scanners (1980) directed by David Cronenberg. [JC]

Soft SF

This not very precise item of sf Terminology, formed by analogy with Hard SF, is generally applied either to sf that deals with the Soft Sciences or to sf that does not deal with recognizable science at all, but emphasizes human feelings. The contrasting of soft sf with hard sf is sometimes illogical. Stories of Psi Powers or Supermen, for example, have little to do with real science, but are regularly regarded by sf readers as hard sf. The New Wave was generally associated with soft sf; ...

Lee, Mary Soon

(1965-    ) UK-born author and poet with an MA in mathematics from Cambridge University; currently in the US as a naturalized citizen. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Gift" in Strange Days magazine for Fall 1992. Her first book-length publication was the fantasy collection Winter Shadows and Other Tales (coll 2001), followed by the sf collection Ebb Tides and Other Tales (coll 2002); the latter includes work first published in Aboriginal Science Fiction, ...

Baoh

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1989). Original title Baō Raihōsha. Based on the Manga by Hirohiko Araki. Pierrot. Directed by Hiroyuki Yokoyama. Written by Kenji Terada. Voice cast includes Noriko Hidaka, Hideyuki Hori, Ichirō Nagai and Yūsaku Yara. 46 minutes. Colour. / Nine-year-old Sumire (Hidaka) has Precognition powers, so has been taken from her orphanage for study by the mysterious Doress laboratories. Travelling by train, she is accompanied by security ...

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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