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Robert A Heinlein Award

Award presented in memory of Robert A Heinlein for "outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings to inspire the human exploration of space", under the auspices of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Award winners are selected by a jury of sf authors; following the initial presentation in 2003 to Michael F Flynn and Virginia Heinlein, all recipients have also been sf authors, with a natural skew towards the creators of Hard SF involving Space Flight. ...

Lewis, Gwyneth

(1959-    ) Welsh poet, active from the mid-1970s; she publishes in both Welsh and English. She is of sf interest for two narrative poems. Zero Gravity (1998) Equipoises two versions of significant journey: an astronaut's involvement in the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope; and an array of internal odysseys, at least one of them deathwards. More complexly, the Fantastic Voyage undertaken in A Hospital Odyssey (2010) may initially seem enclosed within the hospital where ...

Vielle, E E

(1913-2015) UK aviator, Royal Air Force officer (1934-1957) and author, known in his military capacity as Tubby Vielle; he was instrumental in the development of improved navigation and bombing systems in World War Two; he also wrote as by Donald Gordon and as by Paul Stanton. Village of Stars (1960) writing with David Beaty as by Paul Stanton is a Near-Future nuclear-World War Three thriller. His novels with Ian Cameron as by Donald Gordon, beginning with Star-Raker (1962), have similar Cold ...

Rowley, Christopher

(1948-    ) US author whose career began with efficiently written Military SF novels, beginning with the War for Eternity/Fenrille sequence – The War for Eternity (1983), The Black Ship (1985), The Founder (1989) and To a Highland Nation (1993) – which concentrates on warfare within our solar system, though the inhabitants of at least one outlying Space Habitat are involved in interstellar exploration. The Vang sequence – Starhammer (1986), The Vang: The ...

McDowall, Alistair

(1987-    ) UK playwright whose plays tend to incorporate elements of Fantastika into plots often set in North-East England, with an effect of gonzo spoofery. Brilliant Adventures (performed May 2013 Royal Exchange, Manchester; 2013 chap) uses the device of a Time Machine to generate farcical encounters now and in the Near Future; Captain Amazing (August 2013 Northern Stage at St Stephens, Edinburgh; 2014 chap), structured as a monologue, traces the self-creation of a ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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