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Hoyle, Fred

(1915-2001) UK astronomer and author, famed in the former capacity for his maverick views on many subjects, including a long-held advocacy of the Steady State Universe theory that the Universe had been in a state of constant creation for ever (see Continuous Creation), a concept replaced after much acrimony by the universally preferred Big Bang theory advocated by George Gamow and others (Hoyle in fact coined the term "Big Bang", though disparagingly; see Cosmology). A possible consequence of ...

Smith, George O

(1911-1981) US electronics engineer and author, most active and prominent in the 1940s in Astounding Science-Fiction, in which his first story, "QRM – Interplanetary", appeared in October 1942: the tale both began his sf career and initiated his most famous endeavour, the Venus Equilateral Series of stories (all in Astounding except for one late addition) about a Communications-centred Space Station in the forward Trojan position (60° ahead of the planet) of the orbit of Venus (see ...

Frezza, Robert

(1956-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Max Weber's War" for Amazing, January 1987. The Small Colonial War sequence – comprising A Small Colonial War (1990), Fire in a Faraway Place (1994) and Cain's Land (1996) – replays the Boer War on a colony planet dominated by a Japanese-run interstellar empire, though without Kaffirs. The Imperial Japanese military forces, predictably, find the transplanted Post-Holocaust Afrikaners tough meat. McLendon's ...

Meredith, Edgar

(?   -?   ) UK author of a Scientific Romance, Our Stranger: A Kinemato-Romance (1936), in which the Time theories of J W Dunne are used to shape the relationship between the evolving human race, as depicted in the London of 1971, and their mentors, who inhabit a Utopia in the Far Future (see also Evolution). [JC]. /


This class of Supernatural Creature has effectively spawned its own subgenre, chiefly under the Fantasy rather than the sf umbrella; they may be concisely defined as "cannibalistic reanimated corpses". Vampires, Werewolves and other mythic Shapeshifters are endemic in the overlapping genres of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance [for Brian Stableford's definition of Vampires, and for Shapeshifter and Werewolves, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Vampires normally bear some ...

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. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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