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Laws of Robotics

The three Laws of Robotics which govern the behaviour of Isaac Asimov's fictional Positronic Robots (and various other Robots and AIs in sf by other hands) were formally stated by Asimov in his story "Runaround" (March 1942 Astounding): / 1. A robot may not injure a human being ...

Simpson, Helen

(1897-1940) Australian playwright and author, mostly in the UK from April 1914; she was employed as a message decoder in World War One. In 1919 she founded the Oxford Women's Dramatic Society, but was sent down by the university for appearing on stage with a man. The Baseless Fabric (coll 1925) assembles supernatural and weird fiction; Mumbudget (coll 1928) assembles fairy tales. John Dee's recounting of ...

Rouzade, Léonie

Pseudonym of French feminist, politician, journalist and author Louise-Léonie Camusat (1839-1916) of two sf tales, Voyage de Théodose à l'île d'Utopie ["A Voyage to the Isle of Utopia"] (1872) and Le monde renversé ["The World Turned Upside Down"] (1872), translated together by Brian Stableford as The World Turned Upside Down (omni 2015). The first is a ...

Douglas, Iain

(?   -    ) UK author of whom nothing is known beyond his authorship of four sf adventures for Robert Hale Limited, beginning with Point of Impact (1979). [JC]

Have Rocket, Will Travel

Film (1959). Columbia. Directed by David Lowell Rich. Written by Raphael Hayes. Cast includes Anna-Lisa, Robert Colbert, Jerome Cowan, Joe DeRita, Larry Fine, Moe Howard and Don Lamond. 76 minutes. Black and white. / The Three Stooges – Moe (Howard), Larry (Fine) and Curly Joe (DeRita) – are janitors working for a space programme that has had a series of unsuccessful flights. The problem seems to be the Rocket fuel formula, which means that ...

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. ...

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