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Clarke, Joan

(?1921-    ) UK author, mostly for children; she is not the Canadian author, Joan Clark. Her books of sf interest include The Happy Planet (1963), set in a Ruined Earth dominated by three contrasting societies, one technophilic, one Utopian on pastoral principles, the last composed of Cyborgs. The second "choice" seems to prevail in the end. Foxon's Hole (1969) involves its young protagonists in an archaeological puzzle with unfolds into Prehistoric SF world; Take Your Time ...

Lamothe, Serge

(1963-    ) Canadian playwright, poet and author of an sf novella, Les Baldwin (2004; trans Fred A Reed and David Home as The Baldwins 2006 chap), in which scholars at some future period (see Ruined Earth) attempt perplexedly to understand contemporary civilization (see Ruins and Futurity) by studying a family known as the Baldwins. [JC]

Mori Hiroshi

(1957-    ) Prolific Japanese author and model-maker, who gave up youthful Manga illustration under the name Mori Muku to specialize in rheology (the flow of viscous plastics). He became an associate professor in engineering at Nagoya University before quitting in 2005 to become a full-time author of prose fiction. Mori is largely known as a thriller writer in Japan, usually with scientific themes recalling the detective mysteries of Isaac Asimov, and titles that often pun ...

Sharmat, Mitchell

(1927-2011) US author of books for young readers, beginning with Reddy Rattler and Easy Eagle (1979 chap) and others with fantasy elements consistent with their genre [none are listed below]. He is of sf interest for A Girl of Many Parts (1988), a Young Adult tale in which an adolescent girl, making an interstellar Computer purchase, discovers that she has created a double; conniptions, some involving young romance, ensue. [JC]

Early Edition

US tv series (1996-2000). Tristar Television and Sony International Television for CBS. Created by Ian Abrams, Patrick Q Page and Vik Rubenfeld. Executive producers include Bob Brush, Lillah McCarthy and Jeff Melvoin. Directors included Mel Damski, Gary Nelson, Scott Paulin and James Quinn. Writers include Patrick Sean Clark, Carla Kentner, Jeff Melvoin and Alex Taub. Cast includes Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis, Fisher Stevens and Billy Worley. 90 41-minute episodes. Colour. / Gary Hobson ...

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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