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Lewis, Martin

Working name of Martin Owen Lewis Petto (1980-    ), UK critic and editor. As a reviewer, he has published widely since 2001, notably at Strange Horizons. Lewis has been reviews editor for the British Science Fiction Association's critical journal Vector since 2010 and was a judge for the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2010 and 2011. He is a contributor to the third edition of the present encyclopedia, specializing in Cinema. [ML]

Ramo, Simon

(1913-2016) US engineer and author whose nonfiction includes Peacetime Uses of Outer Space (1961) and What's Wrong with Our Technological Society and How to Fix It (1983), in which he advocates nuclear disarmament and a society capable of controlling its own excesses. A similar philosophy is given Near Future fictional form in The Islands of E, Cono, and My: A Fable of a World Beset by Economic Problems from Which It Almost Escapes (1973) (see Economics), where visions of Utopia are beset by ...

Slater, Robert L

(1967-    ) US teacher and author who began to publish work of genre interest with the first installation of a book-length story, "Jack and the Beanstalk" in Galactic Citizen #2 for January 1993, the last of five instalments appearing in June 1994. His Young Adult Deserted Lands sequence beginning with All Is Silence (2014) is set in a Post-Holocaust America, initially Seattle, and traces the attempts of its teenaged protagonists and her two boyfriends to find her father in ...

AE – The Canadian Science Fiction Review

Canadian professional Online Magazine, originally downloadable in various formats but now only available online. It was published quarterly from Winter (October) 20100 until Summer 2016 when it went into hiatus. It was revived in 2019 as a cumulative Webzine. Co-founded and edited by D F McCourt with Editorial Director Helen Michaud, Toronto. AE – the title is taken from the initials of the Canadian-born writer A E van Vogt – places an emphasis on publishing work by or about ...

Leggett, M D

(1821-1896) US lawyer, doctor, educator, soldier, Commissioner of Patents under President Grant, businessman (founder of one of the firms that became General Electric) and author A Dream of a Modest Prophet (1890), which describes a Christian Utopia on Mars, whose inhabitants have embraced peace after the example of their own Christ Messiah, who seems essentially identical to Earth's. [JC]

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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