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Scott, Sarah

(1720-1795) UK historian and author, younger sister of the author Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800) who until recent years was very much the better known, being noted for works in her own right and for the salon she dominated. Scott's literary career began with a novel, The History of Cornelia (1750), which has no fantastic element. She is of sf interest primarily for her Utopia, A Description of Millenium Hall [sic; for full title see ...

Inhabitant, The

Pseudonym of unidentified New Zealand author (?   -?   ) whose Sleeper Awakes tale – published in two volumes as The Great Romance, Vol 1 (1881 chap) and The Great Romance, Vol 2 (1881 chap), with a possible lost third volume, the first two assembled as The Great Romance: A Rediscovered Utopian Adventure (omni 2008) – may be the first sf text to convey its protagonist into the ...

Smith, Robert Arthur

(1944-    ) UK-born author, in Canada from an early age; he is of sf interest for The Kramer Project (1975), a Near Future Technothriller describing in a Cold War frame a conflict between the Russians and the West over the Invention of a serum capable of raising Intelligence, though with unknown ...

Kraftwerk

Enormously influential group of German electronic musicians, formed by Ralf Hütter (1946-    ) and Florian Schneider-Esleben (1947-2020) in 1970. The group achieved international fame as a quartet, with drummer Wolfgang Flür (1947-    ) and Karl Bartos (1952-    ), following the release of their fourth album Autobahn (1974). The 20-minute title track reproduces a car journey on its titular motorway, from the ...

War

This very broad theme permeates large areas of sf, and is principally dealt with in this encyclopedia under the heading Future War. The historical World War One and World War Two have their own more specific entries, as does the dominant latter-twentieth-century nightmare that never in fact achieved reality, the nuclear Holocaust of ...

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 ...



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