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Herbison, J S

(?   -    ) Canadian author, partner of Andrew Neil Gray; she is of sf interest for The Ghost Line (2017) with Gray [whom see for further details], a Space Opera set in near space between Earth and Mars. [JC]

Whitham, John W

(1868-1952) US author of Interworld (1932), a tale set in a not clearly delineated Near Future where Homo sapiens remain backward on the home planet, but other civilizations flourish on Mars, which boasts high Technology and universal peace, and elsewhere. [JC]

Sittenfeld, Curtis

(1975-    ) American author, much of whose work chronicles the concerns and tribulations of patrician US society and its inevitable involvement in Politics. Her work crossed into the Slipstream of the sf genre with Sisterland (2013), in which twins with ESP adopt different paths in life, dependent on their respective acceptance or rejection of their inherited powers. / Following American Wife (2008), a non-genre novel inspired by the life of former First Lady Laura Bush, ...

In Time

Film (2011). Regency Enterprises presents a New Regency/Strike Entertainment production. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol. Cast includes Matt Bomer, Johnny Galecki, Vincent Kartheiser, Cillian Murphy, Alex Pettyfer, Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake and Olivia Wilde. 109 minutes. Colour. / In a future where humans are Genetically Engineered to stop ageing at 25 but must purchase additional lifespan thereafter, vast inequalities exist between the centuries-rich elite and the ghetto ...


Videogame series (from 1988). The Bitmap Brothers (TBB). / The Speedball series is a line of violent sports games (see Videogames), frequently evocative of the film Rollerball (1975). While there have been a number of well received sports Videogames with a fantasy theme, mostly derived from the American football inspired Wargame Blood Bowl (1986 Games Workshop) designed by Jervis Johnson, the Speedball sequence is a rare case of a successful science-fictional example. The first game in the ...

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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