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Bionics

The word "bionics" was coined in 1960 as a contraction of "biological electronics". Both inside and outside sf it has become the preferred term for Technologies which repair or augment the human body with greater sophistication than mere inert prostheses. Bionics is the biological aspect of Cybernetics theory. Sf's traditional term for people with mechanical enhancements was Cyborg, as in the title of ...

Haddix, Margaret Peterson

(1964-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with a Young Adult tale, Running Out of Time (1995), and who is best known for her Shadow Children sequence of Young Adult sf novels, beginning with Among the Hidden (1998) and ending with Among the Free (2006); set in an overpopulated world (see Overpopulation) ...

Dye, Charles

(1925-1960) US author who served in the US Air Force during World War Two and began publishing sf with "The Last Orbit" in Amazing for February 1950. He was active for less than half a decade, soon publishing his only sf novel, Prisoner in the Skull (1952), in which ordinary Homo sapiens and a form of Superman engage in thriller-like confrontations. After its US publication this ...

Gravity

The force of gravity is the most inescapable and unvarying fact of terrestrial life, and when writers first sent characters into Spaceships and on to other planets the phenomenon of low gravity, or of no gravity at all, figured prominently among the wonders of space. Many early authors did not realize that complete weightlessness is a consequence of free fall, but this soon became a fact to be taken for granted in describing ...

Wardrope, T A

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Upright Gorilla" in Zombie Kong Anthology (anth 2012) edited by James Roy Daley. His first novel, Arcadian Gates (2015), is set in a devastated Near Future Tulsa, Oklahoma, after a mysterious Weapon has caused continent-wide Amnesia and generated a ...

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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