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Term coined outside the sf genre, standing for Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence – carried out by passive observation, typically using radio telescopes in hope of detecting Alien transmissions or Communications. A notable real-world effort was Frank Drake's 1960 observational Project Ozma, sited at the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory (Green Bank, West Virginia) and discussed by Martin Gardner in The Ambidextrous Universe (1964; rev vt The New Ambidextrous Universe 1990). ...

Trigell, Jonathan

(1974-    ) UK author whose first novel, Boy A (2004), received considerable acclaim for its sympathetic approach to a child murderer attempting to reconstruct his life after release from prison, but hounded by the British popular press. Trigell's third novel, Genus (2011), is of sf interest for its depiction of a Near Future London hovering at the edge of genuine Dystopia, with the rich and the poor even more segregated than now, and where advances in Genetic Engineering ...


Film (2014). Paramount Pictures, Regency Enterprises, Protozoa Pictures. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Written by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel. Cast includes Douglas Booth, Leo McHugh Carroll, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Nolan Gross, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Leman, Mark Margolis, Nick Nolte and Ray Winstone. 138 minutes. Colour. / It would be overreaching to claim that Noah is an sf epic manqué about the Invention of a superior boat which survives the Disaster of a worldwide ...

Carter, Paul A

(1926-2016) US social historian and author who began publishing sf with "The Last Objective" for Astounding in August 1946. His occasional stories over the next decades showed that, had he wished, he could have made writing his primary career. In his critical study The Creation of Tomorrow: Fifty Years of Magazine Science Fiction (coll 1977) he demonstrated an intimate and sophisticated knowledge of the field. With Gregory Benford he published a short novel, Iceborn (in Synergy 3, anth 1989, ed ...

Ferenczy, Árpád

(1877-circa 1930) Hungarian author of several works in Hungarian, before publishing in German (apparently translated from manuscript by Hans Otto Werda) his sf novel Timotheus Thümmel und seine Ameisen (1923; trans anon as The Ants of Timothy Thümmel 1924), a Satire featuring a race of ants in central Africa whose Intelligence exceeds that of humans, and who engage in a kind of world-spanning Great Ant War with surrounding tribes of ants; these events may be presumed to have happened ...

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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