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Matter Duplication

This sf trope is a logical spinoff from the concept of Matter Transmission (which see). A malfunctioning matter transmitter may produce duplicates of the persons or objects transported, as has happened more than once with the Star Trek transporter: there is a duplicate Captain Kirk in the original-series episode "The Enemy Within" (1966) and an evil duplicate Spock in James Blish's Spock Must Die! (1970). In other matter transmission scenarios, the production of duplicates may be integral to ...


UK tv series with animated puppets (1964-1965). AP Films with ATV/ITC. Created Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Produced by Gerry Anderson. The writers were the Andersons (3 episodes), Alan Fennell, Dennis Spooner. 39 25-minute episodes. Colour. / The third of the SuperMarionation puppet sf series for children (see Gerry and Sylvia Anderson for details) and the first in colour, Stingray was also one of the better examples. Handsome but irascible Troy Tempest pilots the atomic submersible Stingray ...

Norstrilia Press

Small Press publisher, 1975-1985, established by Bruce Gillespie, Carey Handfield and Rob Gerrand established Norstrilia Press in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to publish science fiction, fantasy, or Slipstream critical volumes, novels, short story collections, poetry or autobiography, that were unlikely to be accepted by mainstream Australian publishers. Named in honour of Cordwainer Smith's works (some set on the planet Norstrilia), it published thirteen books 1975-1985. Carey Handfield was ...

Rowcroft, Charles

(1798-1856) UK author, in Australia between 1821 and 1825, perhaps best known for his Australian adventure fiction assembled in Tales of the Colonies (coll 1843) and its successors. In his sf novel, The Triumph of Woman: A Christmas Story (1848), an inhabitant of sexless Neptune (see Outer Planets) visits a German, with whose daughter he falls in love amid erudite discussions of Neptunian science. The plot then devolves into a Satirical travelogue, mainly targeted at women (see Feminism; Women ...

Sterling, George

(1869-1926) US poet and author whose reputation peaked during the first decade of the twentieth century, partly due to the fervent advocacy of Ambrose Bierce and Jack London; he is now almost entirely forgotten. The title poem of The Testimony of the Suns and Other Poems (coll 1903) is an extended essay in Cosmology whose relegation of Homo sapiens to utter insignificance conveys sensations akin to Horror in SF. Other similar texts include "A Wine of Wizardry" (September 1907 Cosmopolitan), ...

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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