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Gravity

The force of gravity is the most inescapable and unvarying fact of terrestrial life, and when writers first sent characters into Spaceships and on to other planets the phenomenon of low gravity, or of no gravity at all, figured prominently among the wonders of space. Many early authors did not realize that complete weightlessness is a consequence of free fall, but this soon became a fact to be taken for granted in describing Space Flight, and now few writers bother to emphasize it. A delightful ...

Belot, Adolphe

(1829-1890) Guadeloupe-born French playwright and author of popular fiction, mostly melodramatic, and probably too "racy" to be publishable in English during his lifetime. He is known in translation only for the Miss Poles sequence comprising La Sultane parisienne (1877) and La Vénus Noire: Voyage Dans l'Afrique Central (1877; trans George D Cox as The Black Venus: A Tale of the Dark Continent 1881), both volumes having been translated earlier by H Mainwaring Dunstan as A Parisian ...

Sagi, Eli

(1939-    ) Polish-born author and playwright, born Eli Perlstein, changing his name after emigration to Israel at an early age. He is predominantly known for his Television and Theatre work, creating the Arab-Hebrew sitcom Ha'misada Ha'gdola ["The Big Restaurant"] in 1985, which was widely successful both in Israel and across the Middle East; and for his 1970 stage play Imi Ha'generalit ["My Mother, The General"], considered the most commercially successful play in the ...

Something Is Out There

1. Film (1977); vt of The Day of the Animals. / 2. US/Australian tv miniseries (1988). CPT Holdings/Hoyts for NBC. Executive producers Frank Lupo, John Ashley. Directed by Richard Colla. Written Lupo. Cast includes Joe Cortese, Maryam d'Abo and George Dzundza. Two 100-minute episodes. / This sometimes exciting, often threadbare policier pits a tough Earth cop (Cortese) and a marooned, telepathic medical officer (d'Abo) from an Alien Prison Spaceship – she looks both human and ...

Herbert, Frank

(1920-1986) US author born in Tacoma, Washington, and educated at the University of Washington, Seattle; he was Brian Herbert's father. Herbert worked as a reporter and editor on a number of West Coast newspapers before becoming a full-time writer. He lived in Washington State. / He began publishing sf with "Looking for Something?" for Startling Stories in April 1952, and during the next decade was an infrequent contributor to the sf magazines, producing fewer than twenty short stories ...

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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