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Le Queux, William

(1864-1927) UK journalist and author (his father was French), active contributor to newspapers from the mid-1880s, and author of over 200 books in a variety of genres. Most of his most popular works were espionage thrillers in the vein of E Phillips Oppenheim – a notorious confabulator, he claimed, unconvincingly, to be a spy himself – and detective novels, often with oriental colouring, beginning with Guilty Bonds (1890), about Russian nihilists. He wrote several Lost Race titles ...

Wolff, Veronica

(?   -    ) US author of some sf interest for her Highlands sequence of romantic Time Travel tales beginning with Master of the Highlands (2008), whose jaded twentieth-century protagonist discovers a fuller life when she solves the secret of a mysterious Labyrinth which conveys her to the seventeenth century, her true love, and numerous tempests of the spirit and the flesh. None of Wolff's other series [not listed below] are of sf interest. [JC]

Reeve, Laura E

(?   -    ) US author of the Major Ariane Kedros sequence of Military SF novels beginning with Peacekeeper: A Major Ariane Kedros Novel (2008), in which the protagonist, no longer on active duty, contracts with Aliens as a mercenary to undertake various dangerous feats; to do so, she submits to their implanting Weaponry and other functionalities into her body, so that she becomes a Cyborg. As the series progresses, the plot begins to thicken around the ...

Laws of Robotics

The three Laws of Robotics which govern the behaviour of Isaac Asimov's fictional Positronic Robots (and various other Robots and AIs in sf by other hands) were formally stated by Asimov in his story "Runaround" (March 1942 Astounding): / 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. / 2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. / 3. A robot must ...

Comet

US Pulp magazine; five issues, December 1940 to July 1941, bimonthly after January 1941. Published by H-K Publications; edited by F Orlin Tremaine. Tremaine, former editor of Astounding, made a brief and undistinguished return to sf-magazine editing with this title. Tremaine wanted to recapture the wonder of Astounding from the mid-thirties, but without the financial support of Street & Smith or the editorial support of Desmond Hall, the end result fell short. Amongst the more interesting ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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