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This is the usual name given to an imagined planet within the orbit of Mercury, first proposed in 1859 by Urbain De Vernier to explain irregularities in Mercury's orbit (now understood to be an effect of Einstein's Theory of Relativity). Such a planet is observed in Donald W Horner's fanciful By Aeroplane to the Sun: Being the Adventures of a Daring Aviator and His Friends (1910), and it became the setting of several science fiction stories, including R F Starzl's "The Terrors of Aryl" (March ...


Film (1961; vt Mothra). Toho. Directed by Inoshiro Honda. Written by Shinichi Sekizawa, based on a story by Shinichiro Nakamura, Takehido Fukunaga, Yoshi Hotta. Cast includes Emi Ito, Yumi Ito, Kyoko Kagawa, Hiroshi Koizumi and Frankie Sakai. 100 minutes. Colour. / Aficionados of Japanese Monster Movies find their delight not only in the monsters themselves: the attraction depends also on the sheer bizarreness, to Western eyes and ears, of the stories and dialogue. Mosura is perhaps the ...

Harding, Lee

(1937-    ) Australian freelance photographer and author who was involved in activities of Australian Fandom, including Fanzines, before 1955, under the name Leo Harding; he began publishing sf with "Displaced Person" for Science Fantasy #46 in April 1961, eventually expanding this story as Displaced Person (1979; rev vt Misplaced Persons 1979). Aimed – like The Weeping Sky (1977) and Waiting for the End of the World (1983), which are equally impressive – at a ...


Term occasionally used in sf for the hardware of Nanotechnology, as in Tom Cool's Infectress (1997), John DeChancie's Innerverse (1996) and Ian Watson's "Nanoware Time" (June 1989 Asimov's). [DRL]

Wharton, Ken

(?   -    ) US physics professor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Callisto Incident" in The Leading Edge #39 for March 2000. His sf novel is Divine Intervention (2001), set on a human colony world (see Colonization of Other Worlds) which during more than a century of isolation from Earth has adopted an eccentric Religion called Symmology, founded by the less than sane captain of the colonizing Spaceship with himself as Prophet. ...

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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