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Moriarty, Chris

(1968-    ) US author whose Spin sequence of high-tech Space Operas – comprising Spin State (2003), Spin Control (2006), which won the Philip K Dick Award in 2007, and Ghost Spin (2013) – expertly embeds genuinely hard Hard SF concepts in a narrative dominated by a fast-mouthed female protagonist named Li with Cyberpunk-derived street-cred. The underlying premise – "quantum entanglements", possible at just a little above absolute zero, can motor AIs of ...

Stiegler, Marc

(1954-    ) US software developer and author who began publishing his characteristic Hard-SF stories with "The Bully and the Crazy Boy" in Analog for November 1980, and whose short work, assembled in The Gentle Seduction (coll 1990), promulgates technological solutions to neatly couched problems (see Technology); "The Gentle Seduction" (April 1989 Analog), for instance, predicts the coming of the Singularity. David's Sling (1984) applies the same philosophy to problems of ...

Webster, Henry Kitchell

(1875-1932) US author in whose sf novel, The Sky-Man (1910), a young soldier and inventor, having built a winged lighter-than-air single-person Airship, is flying it in the Arctic where he encounters a young woman searching for her missing father, who has indicated via message in a bottle that he has discovered a clement Lost World. He saves her from rape, and the tale ends happily. [JC]

Cabet, Étienne

(1788-1856) French lawyer, philosopher, utopian socialist and author, best known for the narrative Utopia, Voyage et Aventures de Lord Villiam Carisdall en Icarie (1839 2vols; vt Voyage en Icarie: roman philosophique et social 1842; trans Leslie J Roberts as Travels in Icaria 2003) [for more details see Checklist below]. The eponymous Lord Carisdall, a member of the British nobility, travels by ship (the journey takes four months) to a vast promontory known as Icaria, whose 100 provinces are ...


US Online Magazine, the first new Semiprozine paying online market after the appearance of Omni Online. It ran for fifteen issues between September 1995 and August 1999, but with a hiatus between issue #6 (October 1996) and issue #7 (April 1998) while its operational basis was rethought. The magazine was co-founded by J Patrick McDonald, Marie Loughin and David Phalen. McDonald served as publisher though his Interink website based in Kansas City, Missouri. Initially Marie Loughin was fiction ...

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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