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Slote, Alfred

(1926-    ) US author for children and the Young Adult market, of sf interest mainly for his Robot Buddy sequence beginning with My Robot Buddy (1975), in which a boy is given an Android companion capable of perfectly mimicking human behaviour. The two have adventures around the planet, and later into space, trips which require Cryonic freezing to accomplish. In ...


Videogame (2011). id Software (id). Designed by Tim Willits. Platforms: PS3, Win, XB360 (2011); rev vt Rage: Campaign Edition Mac (2012). / Rage is a First Person Shooter in which much of the player's time is spent racing and fighting from ramshackle vehicles; the game's world is often reminiscent of that depicted in Mad Max 2 (1981). There are many ...

Cremer, Andrea

(1978-    ) US author of Young Adult novels, who has written at least one adult Sex fantasy as by A D Robertson; she is perhaps best known for the Nightshade sequence beginning with Nightshade (2010), set in a fantasy America where Werewolves and humans co-exist uneasily. The main protagonist of the series is a young woman whose energy and adroitness lead her into ...


Panspermia is the speculative notion that life may spread around the universe via drifting seeds or spores that provide a starting-point for Evolution on planets. The concept is ancient, dating back to Anaxagoras (circa 500 BCE-428 BCE), but was revived by such scientists as Hermann von Helmholtz (1821-1894) and Svante Arrhenius (1859-1927), winner of the 1903 Nobel Prize for chemistry. Panspermia has been seriously elaborated upon by Fred ...

Mephisto Waltz, The

Film (1971). 20th Century Fox. Directed by Paul Wendkos. Written by Ben Maddow from the novel The Mephisto Waltz (1969) by Fred Mustard Stewart. Cast includes Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Pamelyn Ferdin, Curt Jürgens, Barbara Parkins and Kathleen Widdoes. 115 minutes. Colour. / A woman uses Magic to inhabit the body of a rival after a similar Identity Transfer ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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