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Searls, Hank

Working name of US author and screenwriter Henry Hunt Searls Jr (1922-2017), who began publishing work of genre interest with "Drop Dead Twice" for Black Mask Magazine in March 1950, though his first sf proper was "Martyr's Flight" for Imagination in December 1955. His sf has been primarily restricted to Near-Future tales set in the glory days of the early space age, like his first novel, The Big X (1959), in ...

Warren, George

(1934-2009) US author of a Tie to the Nick Carter universe (see Nick Carter), The Doomsday Spore (1979), whose Technothriller elements are pointed to in the title. Dominant Species (1979) is a Space Opera set on the fringes of a threatened Galactic Empire, one of whose colony planets has been invaded ...

Whittemore, Edward

(1933-1995) US case officer for the CIA 1958-1987, specializing in Asia and the Middle East (where much of the action in his novels takes place), and author whose first novel, Quin's Shanghai Circus (1974), serves as a rampageous, gonzo prelude (see Horror in SF) to the rest of his small oeuvre. Fairly clearly influenced by authors like Thomas Pynchon, and perhaps Richard ...

Long Night

Term used by Poul Anderson in his Technic History sequence to denote the galactic Dark Ages expected after the fall of a Terran Galactic Empire already mired in Decadence, a narrative of Decline and Fall and the Darkness to come that comprises a central thread in the megatext (see SF Megatext) of the West, as exemplified in the twentieth century by Arnold J ...

Power Sources

We live in an age of imminent resources crisis, anxiously anticipating the depletion of fossil-fuel reserves even while we become reluctant to rely on Nuclear Energy because of the Pollution problems caused by radioactive wastes and the necessary expense of decommissioning obsolete, contaminated installations. New options rely either on discoveries not yet made – the development of nuclear-fusion reactors, or of more ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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