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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. "Da Vinci" or "Vinci" is ...

Space: Above and Beyond

US tv series (1995-1996; vt Space 2063). Village Roadshow Pictures/Hard Eight Pictures/20th Century Fox Television for Fox Network. Created by James Wong and Glen Morgan. Produced by D Howard Grigsby, Tim McHugh, Herb Adelman. Directors included Thomas J Wright, Charles Martin Smith, Winrich Kolbe. Writers included Marilyn Osborn, Joe Reinkemeyer, Richard Whitley. Cast includes Lanei Chapman, Kristen Cloke, Joel de la Fuente, James Morrison, Rodney Rowland, Tucker Smallwood (occasional) and ...

Lyle, Eugene P, Jr

(1873-1962) US journalist and author, whose The Great War of 1938 (September 1918 Everybody's Magazine; 1918 chap) predicts with unusual accuracy the onset of World War Two, though its propagandist thesis for readers in September 1918 – that Germany would take advantage of any weak peace terms laid down after its coming defeat in World War One – was very wide of the mark. An earlier nonfiction piece, "The Advance of Wireless" (February 1905 World's Work), was also surprisingly ...

Brebner, Winston

(1924-2004) US author whose sf novel Doubting Thomas (1956) depicts a computer-ruled Dystopia; the protagonist of the tale, a magistrate in his centrally controlled state, secretly becomes a clown once a year, during the State Holiday, giving some opportunities for Satire. The novel also explores the metaphysical pathos of clowning in a world that disallows any element of Revel. [JC]

White Holes

Item of Terminology denoting proposed cosmic counterparts of Black Holes. A series of theoretical papers in the 1970s suggested that for every black hole there must somewhere else – perhaps at the far end of a connecting Wormhole – be a corresponding white hole gushing energy out into the Universe in the same way that a black hole would suck it in. The idea was popularized by John Gribbin in his "speculative nonfiction" White Holes: Cosmic Gushers in the Universe (1977), but ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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