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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Strange Planet [tv]

US animated tv series (2023). Shadowmachine, Mercury Filmworks, Harmonius Claptrap, Nathan W Pyle, Apple Studios. Created by Dan Harmon and Nathan W Pyle, based on the webcomic/book series by Pyle. Directors include Charlie G, Maaike Scherff, Monica Tomova and Caitlin Vanarsdale. Writers include Steven Levy, Lauren Pomerantz and Nathan Pyle. Voice cast includes Lori Tan Chinn, Hannah Einbinder and Danny Pudi. Ten circa 23-minute episodes. Colour. ...

Space Stations

Stories of space stations or artificial satellites appear early in sf, the first example being Edward Everett Hale's extraordinary "The Brick Moon" (October-December 1869 Atlantic Monthly) and its sequel "Life in the Brick Moon" (February 1870 Atlantic), in which the satellite of the title consists of many brick spheres connected by brick arches, and is launched, with people on board, by gigantic flywheels. Kurd ...

Detre, Professor L

(1874-1939) Probably the German/Hungarian medical scientist and author, possibly born Ladislaus Deutsch, who coined the term antigen; he is less likely to be the Hungarian astronomer, Laszlo Detre (1906-1974), who seems to have had no connection with Germany. Detre's sf novel, Két Világ Harca: Fantasztikus Regény (1935; trans as Kampf Zweier Welten 1935; trans from German as War of Two Worlds 1936), describes an alliance of ants and ...

Yates, Dornford

Pseudonym of UK lawyer and author Cecil William Mercer (1885-1960), Saki's first cousin; in active service during World War One, 1914-1917, and in World War Two; in France and Africa from the early 1920s. Some short stories in his well-known and once very popular Berry sequence of English social comedies contain fantasy elements, including dowsing (see ESP), ...

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. ...

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