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Burt, Andrew

(?   -    ) US editor, publisher, academic and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Sailor on the Sea of Humanity" in Keen Science Fiction for July 1996. His first novel, Noontide Night: A Y2K Novel (1999), is set in a very Near Future world where the feared Y2K Disaster of 2000, when Computers and the ...

Open Universe

In cosmology an open universe is a model of the Universe which implies that it will continue to expand forever; in this general sense, the term is found incidentally in many sf novels. However, sf readers also use it in a quite different meaning: to designate a work or series whose characters and venues may be made use of by fans and others in Fanzines without copyright restrictions (although the original authors do sometimes impose constraints). The best known open ...

del Rey, Lester

(1915-1993) Pseudonym of US author who claimed that his full name was Ramón Felipe Alvarez-del Rey, or sometimes Ramón Felipe San Juan Mario Silvio Enrico Smith Heathcourt-Brace Sierra y Alvarez-del Rey y de los Verdes; his actual name, according to the lawyers who settled his estate and other sources, was Leonard Knapp. In 2004 Stephen Holland presented US census evidence establishing to general agreement that Del Rey was born Leonard Knapp, ...

Leonardo da Vinci

(1452-1519) Florentine painter, sculptor, inventor and military engineer, celebrated since the Enlightenment as the epitome of Renaissance creative genius and frequently invoked as an sf Icon of these qualities. He had no surname as such, "Leonardo" being his given name, "di ser Piero" designating his natural father (he was illegitimate), and "da Vinci" indicating that he was born in the town of Vinci; he is, therefore, normally cited as Leonardo, or Leonardo da Vinci. ...

Pollack, Rachel

(1945-2023) US author, resident in the Netherlands 1973-1990, subsequently in America, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Pandora's Bust" as by Richard A Pollack in New Worlds Quarterly 2 (anth 1971 ) edited by Michael Moorcock (see also New Worlds). Her focus as a teller of tales moved steadily away from Genre SF, though her first novel, Golden Vanity ...

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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