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Rivera, Mercurio D

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Bargonns Can Swizzle" in Sybil's Garage for May 2005, assembled with other tales up to 2012 as Across the Event Horizon (coll 2013). Most of his work is sf; several of the stories focusing on issues of Identity, which tend to leak into, or iterate themselves, in terms of Alternate Worlds or Parallel Worlds. Others examine First Contact issues. Clones are several times in evidence. ...

Bull, Albert E

(?   -?   ) UK author who according to a contemporary Who's Who in Literature lived in London, and who was active from the turn of the century for about three decades, usually as the author of nonfiction self-help manuals, crime novels and a series of children's stories. He also used the pseudonym Arthur Ward Basset for a nonfiction work in the Famous Crimes series. Radium, and the Detective (1905) is a detective novel of marginal sf interest, and The Mystery of ...

Valentine, Nicole

(?   -    ) US teacher and author whose first novel, A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity (2019), couches a complex Time Travel narrative in terms available to a younger cohort of the Young Adult category. The young protagonist, after suffering through the disappearance of a sibling and his mother, must learn the combination of Physics and Magic required to navigate portals and traverse the corridors of time. The inconclusiveness of the narrative suggests ...

Earth to Echo

Film (2014). Relativity Media presents a Panay Films production. Directed by Dave Green. Written by Henry Gayden and Andrew Panay. Cast includes Brian Bradley, Jason Gray-Stanford, Teo Halm, Reese Hartwig and Ella Wahlestedt. 91 minutes. Colour. / Three Children discover an activation device for a Spaceship buried beneath the town in which they live. / "I think mannequins are hot." / School-friends Alex Nichols (Halm), Reginald Barrett (Hartwig) and Tucker Simms (Bradley) are, like ...

Pierce, John R

(1910-2002) US scientist, musician and author, father of the sf critic John J Pierce. As scientist he was employed by Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1936 to 1971, becoming Director of Electronics Research 1952-1958 and Research Director of Communications Principles from 1958, working intimately at the forefront of communications research and development; in early 1948 he coined the term "transistor", which had been developed at Bell Labs. Between 1971 and 1982, he was professor of engineering ...

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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