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Bear, Greg

Working name of US author Gregory Dale Bear (1951-2022), son-in-law of Poul Anderson. He began publishing work of genre interest with "Destroyers" in Famous Science Fiction for Winter 1967, and became a full-time writer in 1975. His first stories and novels were auspicious but not perhaps remarkably so; his early work did not hint at all strongly that he would become one of the dominant writers of the 1980s. Between ...

Trow, George W S

(1943-2006) US journalist, playwright, polemicist and author, probably best known for a work of moderately savage, socially conservative criticism of the American Media Landscape, Within the Context of No Context (17 November 1980 The New Yorker; 1981). He is of modest sf interest for the stories assembled in Bullies (coll 1980), surreal Satires set in unclearly discernible ...

Walkham, Walter

Pseudonym of UK consulting engineer and author James Harvey Trevithick Ivory (1921-2005), who contributed a single Space Opera to the Robert Hale Limited sf line: When Earth Trembled (1980). [JC]


Term coined by the biologist Richard Dawkins (1941-    ) in The Selfish Gene (1976), denoting "a unit of cultural transmission", a pattern of information which – analogous to the gene in Biology – tends to propagate itself. The general concept had previously been discussed by the biologist Jacques Monod (1910-1976) in Chance and Necessity: An Essay on the Natural Philosophy of Modern Biology (1971), and may ...

O'Neil, Henry Nelson

(1817-1880) Russia-born UK painter, musician and author, in the UK from early childhood; his sf novel, Two Thousand Years Hence (1868), comprises a history of the previous two millennia, written by the New Zealand governor of Britain, whose descriptions of Decadence and fit neatly into the New Zealander topos. [JC]

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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