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Ramirez, David

(?   -    ) Philippine biologist, computer scientist and author whose sf novel, The Forever Watch (2014), is set in a Generation Starship, the Noah, several centuries en route to its destination (see Colonization of Other Worlds); the protagonist – City Planner Hana Dempsey, who has been Genetically Engineered so that she can remain in Telepathic rapport with the ship Computers – must confront a serial killer, the mystery of the long mission's ...

Anthropology

Anthropology is the scientific study of the genus Homo, especially its species H. sapiens. Physical anthropology deals with the history of H. sapiens and its immediate evolutionary precursors (some of which in fact coexisted with H. sapiens); cultural anthropology (ethnology) deals with the contemporary diversity of human cultures (see also Sociology). The founding fathers of the science – Sir Edward Tylor (1832-1917) and Sir James Frazer (1854-1941) among them – made the dubious ...

Ditmar Award

The Australian SF Awards, familiarly known as the Ditmars, were first given in 1969 and are presented in various categories for sf, fantasy and horror-related work by Australians. Voting resembles the system used for the Hugos but is associated with membership of the annual Australian National Convention ("Natcon") rather than the Worldcon. There have been many category changes over the years, some controversial (like the discontinuing of the International Fiction award since 1989, making the ...

Bounds, Sydney J

(1920-2006) UK author, active in various fields from the late 1940s, publishing his first Horror fantasy, "Strange Portrait" in the sole issue of Outlands in Winter 1946. Some early short Space Opera in Authentic and New Worlds appeared 1953-1955 as by George C Duncan. He built a considerable (and well-respected) oeuvre of short fiction in various genres, examples of which have been assembled as The Best of Sydney J Bounds, Volume One: Strange Portrait and Other Stories (coll 2003) edited ...

Gee, Maggie

(1948-    ) UK author whose first published novel, Dying in Other Words (1981), is a perhaps over-exuberant experimental work which could be interpreted as having ghostly elements along Posthumous-Fantasy lines [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In The Burning Book (1983) an ordinary contemporary family's problems are overshadowed by overriding visionary glimpses of the fragility of human life, as demonstrated by Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Holocaust that ...

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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