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Werlin, Nancy

(1961-    ) US author, primarily of Young Adult fantasy, including the Scarborough Fair sequence [see Checklist]. Of sf interest is Double Helix (2004), whose young protagonist discovers that he is the subject of an illicit experiment in Eugenics designed to apply a molecular biologist's Inventions in the field of Genetic Engineering to the creation of superior stock. The depiction of the experimenter as something of a Mad Scientist is perhaps immoderate. [JC]

Horne, J Arthur

(1881-?   ) US author of inspirational tales with a Christian base; God's Earth (1939) counts as sf for its use of a Time Viewer to register the pious marvels of the next age. [JC]

Barbour, Douglas

(1940-2021) Canadian poet (author of at least fourteen volumes of poems, initially under the influence of Ezra Pound) and academic, a professor of English at the University of Alberta; his "Patterns of Meaning in the SF Novels of Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ and Samuel R. Delany, 1962-1972", accepted by Queen's University in 1976, was the first Canadian doctoral dissertation in the field of sf. A competent study of Delany was spun off from this volume: Worlds Out of Words: The SF Novels of ...

Smeaton, Oliphant

(1856-1914) Scottish editor and author in whose Lost Race tale for boys, A Mystery of the Pacific (1899), three young Englishmen searching for a lost relative penetrate a mysterious Sargasso Sea-like barrier in the South Pacific and are taken in a trireme to a giant Island inhabited – they think exclusively – by descendants of ancient Romans. As the plot thickens, however, they discover Underground a second, far more ancient civilization comprising survivors of Atlantis. The three ...


Japanese/US Anime online series (2021). CGCG Studio Inc., Qubic Pictures. Created by Justin Leach. Directed by Yasuhiro Irie. Written by Kimiko Ueno. Voice cast includes Kyōko Hikami, Kentarō Itō, Yūko Kaida, Marika Kouno, Yūki Kuwahara and Kōichi Yamadera. Four 25-minute episodes. Colour. / We open with JustinRobotics' Code of Ethics (a variation on the Laws of Robotics), which says developers must only create Robots to support, not harm, humans; the robots ...

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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