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Jackson, David

(?   -    ) UK author whose first novel, Bugz :Contact (2008), introduces an extended First Contact drama into Near Future Britain; the Aliens, who have been in existence since the Big Bang (see Cosmology), are sub-atomic, and seem to be very busy: Jackson's exceedingly frequent use of the letter "z" may be an attempt at onomatopoeia. [JC]

Slater, Robert L

(1967-    ) US teacher and author who began to publish work of genre interest with the first installation of a book-length story, "Jack and the Beanstalk" in Galactic Citizen #2 for January 1993, the last of five instalments appearing in June 1994. His Young Adult Deserted Lands sequence beginning with All Is Silence (2014) is set in a Post-Holocaust America, initially Seattle, and traces the attempts of its teenaged protagonists and her two boyfriends to find her father in ...

Chipman, W P

(1854-1937) US author of stories for Boys' Papers; his sf tale of some routine interest is An Aerial Runaway: The Balloon Adventures of Rod & Tod in North & South America (1901) with C P Chipman, who was his son. [JC]

Zinovii, Niko

(?   -    ) US publisher and author whose sf novel, The God Antenna (2012), is set in a Near Future world facing the challenges of First Contact and the associated problem of coping with a pill (see Drugs) that homes in on the part of the human brain that causes Religion and deletes it. [JC]

Space Is the Place

US film (1974). North American Star System. Directed by John Coney. Written by Sun Ra and Joshua Smith. Cast includes Raymond Johnson and Sun Ra. 85 minutes. Colour. / Having found an idyllic planet "without the sound of anger, guns, frustration", Sun Ra decides to set up a colony for black people there (see Colonization of Other Worlds) and reflects on the possible transportation options, settling on Teleportation through Music. We then go to Chicago in 1943, where Sunny Ray's piano ...

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. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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