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Straus, Ralph

(1882-1950) UK author who also published as by Ralph Strode; his only sf novel, The Dust which Is God: An Undimensional Adventure (1907 chap), confronts a frustrated scientist (see Mad Scientist) whose mentor from another Dimension serves as his Virgilian guide on a tour of various exemplary planets (see Cosmology; Utopia), where he learns that the goal of Evolution – which is to say "the Evolution of the superman" (see Superman) – is to realize the god within us. That this tale was ...

Abyss, The

Film (1989). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by James Cameron. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd. Written by Cameron. Cast includes Michael Biehn, Todd Graff, Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. 146 minutes. Colour. / Despite the largest budget of the period's fantasies set Under the Sea (see Deepstar Six; Leviathan) at about $60 million, and despite director Cameron's impressive track record with sf, this was not a box-office smash. A nuclear-missile-armed US submarine crashes at the edge ...

Animaniacs

1. US animated tv series (1993-1998; vt Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs). Amblin Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation. Created by Tom Ruegger. Executive producer Steven Spielberg. Directors include Alfred Gimeno, Dave Marshall and Rusty Mills. Writers include Peter Hastings, Nicholas Hollander, Randy Rogel, Paul Rugg and Sherri Stoner. Voice cast includes Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Rob Paulsen and Sherri Stoner. 99 21-minute episodes. Colour. / A sketch show mainly featuring ...

Harvey, M Elayn

(1945-    ) US author whose sf novel, Warhaven (1987), the first volume of an incomplete Young Adult trilogy, puts its young protagonist through a series of trials, at the end of which he has clearly prepared himself to become one of the Guardians who covertly supervise a variety of spacefaring races (see Cultural Engineering; Secret Masters; Uplift). Throughout, solutions to problems tend, unusually, to dodge the use of force. [JC]

Simmons, Geoffrey

(1943-    ) US medical doctor and author whose first novel, The Z Papers (1976), is a Technothriller about an undiagnosable toxin; his first sf novel proper, The Adam Experiment (1978), set in a laboratory on an orbital Space Station, features an experiment in human procreation which runs up against the fact that Aliens have been monitoring Homo sapiens and will not permit us to breed off-planet. Pandemic (1980) is a medical Technothriller; Murdock (1983), a heavily plotted ...

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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