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Silvey, Catriona

(?   -    ) Scottish author, in England from early adulthood. She is of sf interest for her first novel, Meet Me in Another Life (2021), which follows two lovers through a series of seeming Parallel Worlds as they try to understand themselves and what is happening to them (or what, Godgame-fashion, they are in the end themselves making happen). The text makes clear more or less explicit analogies to tales like Kate Atkinson's Life After Life (2013) or to a ...

Holt, Robert Lawrence

(1939-    ) US author of Technothrillers whose Good Friday (1987), set in the Near Future, describes the Soviet invasion of Saudi Arabian oilfields on the sacred day of the title; in Peacemaker (1991) with Frank R Holt, an AI goes mental, almost causing a Star Wars Disaster. [JC]

Moscoe, Mike

(1947-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Summer Hopes – Winter Dreams" for Analog in March 1991, but who has since concentrated mainly on series, sometimes as by Mike Shepherd, beginning with the Lost Millennium sequence comprising First Dawn (1996) Second Fire (1997) and Lost Days (1998), whose protagonists arrive via Time Travel in prehistoric Europe, where they attempt to change their own desolate Near Future world by teaching goddess ...

Tweed, Thomas F

(1890-1940) UK soldier, publisher and author, political advisor to David Lloyd George (1863-1945) from 1927 until his death; this relationship, and his affair with Lloyd George's then mistress (and eventual wife) Frances Stevenson (1888-1972) both figure, transposed to America, in his first sf novel, the Near-Future Rinehard: A Melodrama of the Nineteen-Thirties (1933; vt Gabriel Over the White House: A Novel of the Presidency 1933), filmed as Gabriel Over the White House (1933). The ...

Four-Sided Triangle

Film (1952). Hammer. Directed by Terence Fisher. Written by Paul Tabori, Fisher, based on The Four-Sided Triangle (November 1939 Amazing as "The 4-Sided Triangle"; exp 1949) by William F Temple. Cast includes Stephen Murray, Barbara Payton and John Van Eyssen. 81 minutes, cut to 71 minutes. Black and white. / A scientist builds a Matter-Duplication machine capable of duplicating human beings. He duplicates the woman he loves but who is in love with another man, only to have the duplicate, ...

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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