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Genetic Engineering

In his remarkable prophetic essay Daedalus, or Science and the Future (1924) J B S Haldane looked forward optimistically to a day when biologists have "invented" a new species of alga to solve the world's food problem, and in which "ectogenetic" children born from artificial wombs can be strategically modified by Eugenic selection. Nothing was known in 1924 about the biochemistry of genetics, so Haldane spoke mainly in terms of "selective breeding", but he nevertheless anticipated not merely ...

Viger, A

Pseudonym of French geophysicist and author Alphonse Berget (1850-1933), almost certainly the instigator of and senior collaborator in the sf novel L'Anneau de Lumière: grand roman scientifique d'aventures (6 November 1921-4 February 1922 Le Petit Parisien; 1922; trans Brian Stableford as The Ring of Light 2018) with Léon Miral, both signing variously as Miral-Viger, or L Miral and A Viger. The tale, which begins just before the onset of World War One, is an exercise in Alternate ...

Ingersoll, Bob

(1952-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "If Wishes Were Horses" with Tony Isabella for The Ultimate Super-Villains (anth 1996) edited by Stan Lee, and who has since published a Captain America Tie, Captain America: Liberty's Torch (1998) with Tony Isabella and a Star Trek tie, Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist's Corpse (2004) with Tony Isabella. [JC]

Saxon, Peter

Initially the personal pseudonym of UK author W Howard Baker, under which he wrote many titles for Amalgamated Press, mainly stories in the Sexton Blake series before the cancellation of its fourth series in 1964 (see Sexton Blake Library). He then took the name to Mayflower Books, where the series continued, written by him and others under what was now a House Name. The claims of Scottish writer Wilfred McNeilly to have written most of the Saxon titles are unjustified (see entries on Baker and ...

de Roumier-Robert, Marie-Anne

(1705-1771) French author whose Proto SF novel, Voyage de Milord Séton dans les Sept Planètes, ou Le nouveau mentor (1765-1766 4vols; trans Brian Stableford as The Voyages of Lord Seaton to the Seven Planets 2015) as "translated" by Madame de R R, in a mode established by Cyrano de Bergerac's Selenarchia (1657) and Chevalier de Béthune's The World of Mercury (1750). The tale comprises a Fantastic Voyage through the solar system, stopping at the Moon, the Sun, Venus, Mars, ...

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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