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Quantum Computers

A still largely theoretical but eagerly researched breed of Computers which use quantum superposition to deal simultaneously with all possible values which can be represented as "qubits" (quantum bits, as opposed to conventional computer bits representing 0 or 1) in a quantum register. Experimental devices with small numbers of qubits have been tested; if workable on a larger scale, the technology should be capable of processing speeds vastly greater than normal computers, potentially solving ...

Zimmer, Paul Edwin

(1943-1997) US author, brother of Marion Zimmer Bradley, with whom he wrote his first sf, the Survivors sequence comprising Hunters of the Red Moon (1973) [unacknowledged until 1992 printing], whose protagonist is abducted by Aliens to serve as gladiatorial prey on a game planet (see Games and Sports), and The Survivors (1979), a somewhat congested Space Opera featuring some of the same cast. A series by Zimmer alone, the Dark Border sequence – The Lost Prince (1982), King Chondo's Ride ...

Samovar

US professional Online Magazine, an offshoot sister publication to Strange Horizons, filling one of that magazine's weekly slots on a quarterly basis, starting 27 March 2017. / Samovar is edited by Sarah Dodd and Greg West, with an Advisory Board that includes Dr Helen Marshall, Rachel Cordasco and Marian Via Rivera-Womack. Its purpose is to present "respectful" English-language translations of speculative fiction from around the world, run alongside the item in its original language, in ...

Threlfall, T R

(1852-circa 1933) UK politician, trade unionist and author; elected president of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in 1885, serving in various positions over the next decade or so. He failed in more than one election campaign, the last as a Lib-Lab candidate for Kirkdale in 1892, and subsequently focused on writing. The Sword of Allah (1899), which features a Scottish soldier of fortune at Medina, prefigures his sf novel, The Great Magician (1901), in which a British soldier, converting to Islam ...

Womack, Jack

(1956-    ) US author whose first five novels are stylish and potent exercises in a post-Cyberpunk urban idiom, and comprise the first instalments in the loose ongoing Terraplane series about the state of America; the sixth volume followed later. The sequence, reminiscent at points of the baroque New York detective fictions of Jerry Oster (1943-    ), begins with Ambient (1987), set in the complexly desolated warzone which New York has become in the early ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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