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O'Malley, Kathleen

(1955-    ) US author who has collaborated with A C Crispin on two volumes of the latter's StarBridge series of Space Operas for Young Adult readers. Another collaboration is the Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Possession (1996) with J M Dillard. [JC/DRL]

Genetic Engineering

In his remarkable prophetic essay Daedalus, or Science and the Future (1924) J B S Haldane looked forward optimistically to a day when biologists have "invented" a new species of alga to solve the world's food problem, and in which "ectogenetic" children born from artificial wombs can be strategically modified by Eugenic selection. Nothing was known in 1924 about the biochemistry of genetics, so Haldane spoke mainly in terms of "selective breeding", but he nevertheless anticipated not merely ...

Biemiller, Carl L

(1912-1979) US businessman, journalist and author, of sf interest for his two series of novels for older children: the Jonny sequence comprising The Magic Ball from Mars (1953) and Starboy (1956); and, more interestingly, the Post-Holocaust Hydronauts sequence – The Hydronauts (1970), Follow the Whales: The Hydronauts Meet the Otter People (1973) and Escape from the Crater (1974) – focusing on the aquatic adventures of a group of trainees in the Ranger Service, which controls ...

Star Wars: X-Wing

Videogame (1993). Totally Games (TG). Designed by Lawrence Holland, Edward Kilham. Platforms: DOS (1993); rev DOS (1994); Mac, Win (1996). / Star Wars: X-Wing is the first in a series of Space Sims set in the Star Wars universe. Written by developers who had previously worked on World War Two aerial conflict simulations, they present space combat as primarily a form of dogfighting between single pilot starfighters, as do the films they reference. X-Wing and Wing Commander (1990) popularized ...

Bloom, Britton

(1951-    ) Author, presumably US, of a Buck Rogers Tie: Buck Rogers – The Inner Planets Trilogy, Vol 3: Matrix Cubed (1991). [JC] see also: Buck Rogers XXVC. /

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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