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Deutsch, A J

(1918-1969) US astronomer – after whom the crater Deutsch on the far side of the Moon is named – and author of the single much-anthologized story "A Subway Named Möbius" (December 1950 Astounding). Here the eponymous Transportation system develops such a high degree of topological complexity (see Mathematics) that trains become lost in convoluted Dimensions, leading to Timeslip effects. The story was well enough remembered after half a century to be shortlisted for a Retro Hugo ...

Preston, H

Pseudonym used for fiction by US technical author Henry Preston Nail (1931-2012), author of Project Deep Space (2000), set in the moderately distant Near Future as private corporations finally provide the impetus to launch Homo sapiens into interstellar space; the Invention of successively more efficient Spaceship drives is focused upon. [JC]

SF Music

This article is in two parts: 1, Science Fiction in Classical Music; 2, Science Fiction in Popular Music. For discussion of music as it is portrayed in sf, see Music. / 1. Science fiction in classical music / The fullest interaction between sf and music is in the broad sense a twentieth-century phenomenon, although there are various examples of earlier classical music that treats of or finds aural structure for sf, some of it surprisingly early. It is fair to say that sf music, broadly, ...

Michelson, Miriam

(1870-1942) US journalist and author, the long title story of whose The Awakening of Zojas (coll 1910), set in a romantically medievalized Italy, describes the Invention of a form of Suspended Animation; the subject of the experiment, a famous bandit, eventually comes to rule Italy. [JC]

Edogawa Ranpo

Main pseudonym of Japanese mystery author Tarō Hirai (1894-1965), sometimes romanized as Edogawa Rampo, a name derived from the Japanese pronunciation of Edgar Allan Poe, who was his literary idol. An amateur translator of Arthur Conan Doyle during his studies in economics at Waseda University, Edogawa began publishing detective stories and macabre chillers commencing with "Ni-sen Dōka" ["The 2-sen Copper Coin"] (April 1923 Shinseinen, trans Jeffrey Angles in Modanizumu: Modernist ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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