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Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty – universal nickname for the statue in New York harbour whose official name is "Liberty Enlightening the World" – took some time to climb her pedestal. Shortly after he had designed a lighthouse for the entrance to the Suez Canal in 1867, based on an École des Beaux-Arts-inspired reverence for colossal art of the Classic Era, the sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi (1834-1904) received a commission from the government of France to create a statue ...

Schindler, Solomon

(1842-1915) German-born rabbi and author, in USA from 1871, strongly liberal in his work as a rabbi; his sf novel is a Utopia, Young West: A Sequel to Edward Bellamy's Celebrated Novel "Looking Backward" (1894), which strongly supports Edward Bellamy's socialist vision of a just future. [JC]

Penrose, Roger

(1931-    ) UK mathematical physicist, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, who has achieved much significant work in his field. Occasional forays into recreational Mathematics include the creation, with his geneticist father Lionel Penrose (1898-1972), of the impossible ever-ascending or ever-descending Penrose staircase described in their paper "Impossible Objects: A Special Type of Visual Illusion" (February 1958 The British Journal of ...


US tv series (2007-current). College Hill Pictures and Warner Bros. Television for NBC. Created by Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz. Producers include Fedak, Schwartz, Ben Kunde, McG, and Matthew Miller. Writers include Fedak, Schwartz, Miller, Alison Adler, and Phil Klemmer. Directors include Robert Duncan McNeill, Alan Kroeker, Patrick R Norris, Jeremiah S Chechik, and Peter Lauer. Cast includes Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski, Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker, Adam Baldwin as John Casey, Sarah ...

Pei, Mario

(1901-1978) Italian-born linguist, translator and author, in US from 1908, best known for such popularizing texts as The Story of Language (1949). His political conservatism shapes The Sparrows of Paris (1958), where foreign villains – at least one having been exposed to Communism in his formative years – transform themselves into Werewolves and other creatures through the use of an ancient Drug in aid of their campaign to seduce America's youth with marijuana and other foreign ...

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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