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Struben, Bernd

(1968-    ) Suriname-born author, in US from childhood. He is of sf interest primarily for two Space Operas: in 40 Years (2008), which is Military SF, soldiers are held in time stasis (see Stasis Field) until needed in the fight for Lebensraum against an Alien civilization, across the galaxy; The 13th Zookeeper (2011 ebook; 2012) is set on a planet Terraformed to resemble ancient Earth in order to serve as a Zoo to preserve some memory of the destroyed past. [JC]

Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine

Canadian Semiprozine published and edited by Karl Johanson, Victoria, British Columbia, together with his wife Stephanie Johanson, who also serves as art director. Its first issue appeared in October 2003 and initially it maintained a schedule of roughly three issues per year but that has since become more irregular. It is printed in a slim Digest-size format on good quality coated stock, with attractive covers, so it is that rare animal, a "Slick digest". The magazine has twice won the ...

First Contact

The most common Communications scenario in sf – often but not always Linguistic in nature – involves the meeting of humans with Aliens. These are generally called first-contact stories, and perhaps the best known of them is "First Contact" (May 1945 Astounding) by Murray Leinster. This poses the problem of contact as a puzzle grounded in mutual suspicion and Paranoia, eventually short-circuited by a gimmick solution. Written in direct response to Leinster, Ivan Yefremov's "Cor ...

Simon, Leonard

(?   -    ) US author, some of whose horror novels are of Horror in SF interest: in The Irving Solution (1977), New York is devastated by a Pandemic initially carried by rats but intensified by a Mad Scientist; in Reborn (1979) Immortality can only be achieved through the voluntary deaths of young people. [JC]

Le Drimeur, Alain

Pseudonym of the unidentified French author (?   -?   ) whose Utopia, La Cité Future (1890; trans Brian Stableford as The Future City 2012), responds positively to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). The frame story, though inherently implausible, does vigorously demonstrate the author's conviction that nothing as transparently sensible as a world cognate with Bellamy's vision could possibly occur in this world without some radical transformation of ...

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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