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Fellows, Oscar L

(1943-    ) US author of a Technothriller, Operation Damocles (1998), which edges into sf with its description of a very Near Future orbital superweapon. [JC]

Masson, Richard

(1943-2013) UK sailor and author whose work was restricted to the Young Adult market. Of sf interest is Boonie (2013), set in a Dystopian Near Future land whose rulers tyrannize those outside the privileged within the City. With its emphasis on the desperate hardscrabble existence of anyone deprived of water in a world where rain no longer falls, the tale enforces a rigorous focus on issues of Ecological devastation, some passages being suitably painful to read. The alliance between the young ...


There is an only half-facetious precept in Physics stating that "anything which is not prohibited is compulsory". Olexa-Myron Bilaniuk and E C George Sudarshan suggested in 1962, and Gerald Feinberg in 1967, that the idea of a particle that can only travel Faster Than Light does not violate any of the basic maxims of Relativistic physics. Such a hypothetical particle (a tachyon, as opposed to the more familiar tardyon, or slower-than-light particle) might emit Cerenkov radiation analogous to ...

Toomey, Robert E, Jr

(1945-    ) US author who began publishing sf stories with "Pejorative" for New Worlds in July 1969. His A World of Trouble (1973), a Space Opera, sets a galactic agent on an alien planet, where he has many jocosely told adventures. [JC]

Sanders, Rob

(?   -    ) UK author of Ties contributed to the Warhammer 40,000 universe, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Redemption Corps (2010); they work within the tradition. [JC]

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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