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Adams, Frederick Upham

(1859-1921) US inventor, who specialized in improvements to heavy-duty engines for harvesting and locomotion, and author whose Near Future Utopia, President John Smith: The Story of a Peaceful Revolution (Written in 1920) (1897), elaborates upon the right of the electorate to choose the American Cabinet, and to earn a living wage without qualification. ...


Russia animated film (1988; vt The Pass; vt The Path). Soyuzmultfilm. Directed by Vladimir Tarasov. Written by Kir Bulychev based on his excerpted novella "Pereval" ["The Pass"] (July-November 1980 Znanie-Sila) whose full text was published as Poselok (1988; trans John H Costello as Those Who Survive 2000). Voice cast includes Aleksandr ...

Granville, Austyn

(1854-1922) UK-born author, ultimately in US, centred in Chicago from the 1880s or earlier; he wrote some boys' stories as by Jack Talbot, none apparently of genre interest. He was apparently resident for some years in Australia. His racy, bigoted Lost-Race novel The Fallen Race (1892), one of the earliest sf books set in Australia, shares the belief in a great inland sea which in real life led to the disappointment or death of many explorers. ...

Gidron, Martin J

(1969-    ) US author of The Severed Wing (2002), a Sidewise Award-winning Alternate History tale whose Jonbar Point is Theodore Roosevelt's winning a third term as American president, which leads to an earlier but milder World War One, one that averts the end of civilization and the reparations scandal which gave birth ...

Space Warp

In sf Terminology, a concept similar to that of hyperspace and subspace. The term (along with "hyperspace") may first have been used by John W Campbell Jr in Islands of Space (Spring 1931 Amazing Stories Quarterly; 1957). If a handkerchief is folded, two otherwise separated points of it can become adjacent; if space – more accurately, space/time – could ...

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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