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Lerner, Edward M

(1949-    ) US scientist involved in aerospace and information technologies such as Bell Labs, and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "What a Piece of Work is Man" for Analog in 1991, followed later the same year by his first novel, Probe (1991), a Technothriller in which an Alien Spaceship discovered in the solar system seems to be establishing First Contact with humanity, but may be a hoax. Lerner then concentrated on short fiction for some years, much ...

Lunatic, Sir Humphry

Pseudonym used by Irish actor, critic, playwright and author Francis Gentleman (1728-1784), whose working years were spent mostly in England, for a Proto SF imitation – and perhaps conscious Parody of – the Fantastic Voyage as found in the work of Cyrano de Bergerac and others; the tale, A Trip to the Moon: Containing an Account of the Island of Noibla, its Inhabitants, Religious and Political Customs, Etc (vol 1 1764, vol 2 1765), pales against earlier works. Its Satire consists of ...

World War One

For Edward James's website "Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers in the Great War", which places many relevant authors in this context, see under links below. / The Great War that ran from 1914 to 1918 had hardly run its course before it began, alarmingly – very soon after the publication of The First World War, 1914-1918 (1920) by Charles Repington (1858-1925) – to be known as the First World War or World War One. Under whatever name, the conflict brought an apocalyptic change ...

Rees, Rod

(1948-    ) UK author, a former accountant, whose sf debut is the Demi-Monde tetralogy comprising The Demi-Monde: Winter (2011), The Demi-Monde: Spring (2012), The Demi-Monde: Summer (2013) and The Demi-Monde: Fall (2013). The Demi-Monde is a highly detailed Virtual Reality sustained by an advanced Quantum Computer and ostensibly designed as a military training ground for asymmetrical War in a City environment: compressed versions of real-world Warsaw, Berlin, Washington, ...

Edge of Darkness

1. UK television miniseries (1985). BBC TV, Lionheart Television International. Produced by Michael Wearing, directed by Martin Campbell. Written by Troy Kennedy Martin. Cast includes Joe Don Baker, Hugh Fraser, Charles Kay, Ian McNeice, Kenneth Nelson, Bob Peck, Zoë Wanamaker, Jack Watson, Joanne Whalley, John Woodvine. Music by Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen. Six 50-minute episodes. Colour. / This miniseries is among the best television dramas ever made, a judgement that has been ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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