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Baker, Henry

(1698-1774) Naturalist and early microscopist, one of the founders of the Society of Arts in 1754; the father-in-law of Daniel Defoe. He was the author of an epic poem, The Universe (1727), the subtitle of which proclaims its intended aim "to restrain the pride of Man". This is something Baker attempts by striving repeatedly for what we might call a Sense of Wonder ("Amazing Thought! What Mortal can conceive!") occasioned by the enormity of his subject (see Cosmology). The poem finds life ...

Tomlinson, Patrick S

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Dig Up the Vote" in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #47 circa August/September 2010, followed by two Ties to the fantasy Videogame Abyss Walker. His first solo series, the Young Adult Children of Lost Earth sequence beginning with The Ark (2015), is of sf interest for its widescreen enactment of topoi out of the Space Opera toolkit (see SF Megatext). The protagonists of the first ...

Lord of the Flies

1. Film (1963). Allen-Hogdon Productions/Two Arts. Directed by Peter Brook. Written by Brook, based on The Lord of the Flies (1954) by William Golding. Cast includes James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards and Roger Elwin. 91 minutes. Black and white. / Set in the Near Future, the film concerns a group of English schoolboys whose plane crash-lands on a remote island. With two exceptions the boys quickly revert to savagery, resulting in the murder of one of them. Lord of the Files can be ...

Mellick, Carlton, III

(1977-    ) US author,who began to publish work of genre interest with "Playroom" in Parchment Symbols for December 1999. He has been recognized as the central creator of what he may himself have dubbed Bizarro Fiction (not connected to the earlier Marvel Comics super-Villain Bizarro or the DC Comics Bizarro world), a term which describes stories whose narratives are bizarrely and arbitrarily intrinsicate with tropes and topoi from any genre available (see Absurdist SF; ...

Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song

Japanese animated tv series (2021). Wit Studio. Created and written by Tappei Nagatsuki and Eiji Umehara. Directed by Shinpei Ezaki. Voice cast includes Jun Fukuyama, Takehito Koyasu and Atsumi Tanezaki. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Vivy, a humanlike Robot, was the first autonomous AI, created in 2060. Because AIs have difficulty in multi-tasking, each focuses on a single purpose: Vivy's is to "make everyone happy by singing". One day she collapses and awakes in the Archive, the ...

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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