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Term first coined by Mari Wolf in Robots of the World! Arise! (July 1952 If; 2010 ebook), and subsequently used by George Lucas in his script for Star Wars (1977); now widely recognized owing to the film's enormous popularity. Though obviously a contraction of Android, it denotes a not necessarily humanoid Robot. [DRL]. /

Danrit, Captain

Translation of "Capitaine Danrit", pseudonym of French military officer and author Émile-Auguste-Cyprien Driant (1855-1916), serving in World War One until his death in combat; much of his sub-Verne work appeared in Le Journal des Voyages, along with authors like Louis Boussenard, whose greater skills and less exaggerated patriotism may explain their greater popularity in English-speaking markets. Danrit's early reputation was built through the La Guerre de Demain ["The War of Tomorrow"] ...

Matiasz, G A

(1952-    ) US journalist and author, active in the former capacity from the 1970s, best known for his column as by Lefty Hooligan in Maximum Rocknroll from 1992 to 2020. His first novel, End Time: Notes on the Apocalypse (1994), is set in a Near Future world dominated by an America in thrall to its corporations and attempting to crush revolts across the planet; a group of antiwar students, in possession of a secret Weapon, declare the independence of the City of Oakland ...

Quinn, Seabury

(1889-1969) American lawyer and weird-fiction author whose first published story was "The Law of the Movies" (December 1917 The Motion Picture Magazine). Seabury Quinn was by far the most prolific contributor to Weird Tales; during its 31-year life he published well over a hundred stories there, appearing on average in roughly every other issue. Many of these contributions – 93 in all – featured his occult detective Jules de Grandin (whose surname was taken from Quinn's own middle ...

Rosen, Lev A C

(circa 1980-    ) US author of All Men of Genius (2011), a Steampunk tale set in an Alternate History shaped so that the worlds imagined in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (performed 1599-1600) and The Importance of Being Earnest (first performed 14 February 1895; 1898) by Oscar Wilde might Equipoisally co-inhabit in Victorian London and elsewhere, along with Automata and other paraphernalia characteristic of this category of tale. Gender issues are tactfully addressed ...

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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