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Prime Directive

Item of Terminology popularized through the original television Star Trek, in which the Prime Directive – also known as Starfleet General Order #1 – prohibits interference with the "normal" development of a planetary or other culture; inevitably this is violated several times in the series and its sequels. Jack Williamson first introduced the term to sf in "With Folded Hands ..." ...

Sloley, Emma

(?   -    ) Australian journalist and author, in US from 2003, who is of sf interest for her first novel, Disaster's Children (2019), a very Near Future Young Adult tale set mostly in a remote rural ranch compound (see Keep) occupied by the very rich, who are planning to dodge the Climate Change catastrophe more and more ...

Bowes, Richard

(1944-    ) US author whose works tend to be set in, and to evoke, a congested, magically altered New York, the city where he has lived since childhood, and which infuses most of his short fiction, little of which is sf. Warchild (1986) and its sequel, Goblin Market (1988), set in an Alternate-History version of the city, follow the growth and adventures of a telepathic teenager ...

McLaughlin, Dean

(1931-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "For Those who Follow After" for Astounding in July 1951. Of his three sf novels to appear in book form – Dome World (March 1958 Astounding as "The Man on the Bottom"; exp 1962), The Fury from Earth (1963) and The Man Who Wanted Stars (fixup 1965) – the last is probably the best, though all of these straightforward ...

Chambers, John

(1922-2001) US makeup artist and medical technician. Chambers first began to learn such techniques performing reconstructive surgery and designing prosthetic limbs for wounded soldiers while serving in World War Two. Chambers is of most importance to sf for his work on the Alien race the Vulcans featured on the original Star Trek (1966-1969) Television series – for which he moulded Spock's ...

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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