John Thomas Sladek was an American science fiction author, known for his satirical and surreal novels. Born in Waverly, Iowa in 1937, Sladek was in England in the 1960s for the New Wave movement and published his first story in the magazine New Worlds, his first science fiction novel, published in London by Gollancz as The Reproductive System and in the United States as Mechasm, dealt with a project to build machines that build copies of themselves, a process that gets out of hand and threatens to destroy humanity. In The Müller-Fokker Effect, an attempt to preserve human personality on tape goes awry, giving the author a chance to satirize big business, big religion and men's magazines, among other things. Roderick and Roderick at Random offer the traditional satirical approach of looking at the world through the eyes of an innocent, in this case a robot. Sladek revisited robots from a darker point of view in the BSFA Award winning novel Tik-Tok, featuring a sociopathic robot who lacks any moral "asimov circuits", Bugs, a wide-ranging satire in which a hapless technical writer helps to create a robot who goes insane.
Sladek was known for his parodies of other science fiction writers, such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Cordwainer Smith; these were collected in other Strangers. Under the pseudonym of "James Vogh", Sladek wrote Arachne Rising, which purports to be a nonfiction account of a thirteenth sign of the zodiac suppressed by the scientific establishment, in an attempt to demonstrate that people will believe anything. In the 1960s he co-wrote two pseudonymous novels with his friend Thomas M. Disch, the Gothic The House that Fear Built and the satirical thriller Black Alice. Another of Sladek's notable parodies is of the anti-Stratfordian citation of the hapax legomenon in Love's Labour's Lost "honorificabilitudinitatibus" as an anagram of hi ludi, F. Baconis nati, tuiti orbi, Latin for "these plays, F. Bacon's offspring, are preserved for the world", "proving" that Francis Bacon wrote the play. Sladek noted that "honorificabilitudinitatibus" was an anagram for I, B. Ionsonii, uurit a lift'd batch, thus "proving" that.
Sladek returned from England to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1986, where he lived until his death in 2000 from pulmonary fibrosis. He was married twice, to Pamela Sladek, which ended in divorce in 1986, to Sandra Gunter whom he married in 1994, he had a daughter from his first marriage. A strict materialist, Sladek subjected the occult and pseudoscience to merciless scrutiny in The New Apocrypha; the book critically examined the claims of dowsing, parapsychology, perpetual motion and Ufology. The Reproductive System Gollancz 1968, Equinox/Avon SF Rediscovery 3 1977, Gollancz Classic SF #8 1986; the Steam-Driven Boy and other Strangers Panther 1973, Wildside 2005 Keep the Giraffe Burning Panther 1977, Wildside 2004 The Best of John Sladek Pocket 1981 Alien Accounts Granada 1982, Wildside 2005 The Lunatics of Terra Gollancz 1984, Wildside 2005 Maps: The Uncollected John Sladek, edited by David Langford. The Complete Roderick comprising Roderick and Roderick at Random Gollancz SF Masterworks #45 2001, Overlook Press 2004 The Reproductive System / The Müller-Fokker Effect / Tik-Tok Gollancz 2013 The Castle and the Key Paperback Library 1967 "By an Unknown Hand", the first story featuring the detective Thackeray Phin, awarded the first prize in The Times Detective Story Competition in 1972, published in The Times Anthology of Detective Stories.
Both Phin novels are locked room mysteries. The New Apocrypha: A Guide to Strange Science and Occult Beliefs Stein and Day 1973, Panther 1978 Arachne Rising: The Search for the Thirteenth Sign of the Zodiac The Cosmic Factor Judgement of Jupiter The Book of Clues The House that Fear Built Black Alice "The Happy Breed" "Elephant With Wooden Leg" "The Great Wall of Mexico" "The Discovery of the Nullitron" Citations "An Interview with John Sladek" by David Langford Guardian newspaper obituary by David Langford John Sladek at Ansible Editions John Sladek at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database John Thomas Sladek at Library of Congress Authorities, with 19 catalog records
Jacob Peter Huydecoper was an early 19th-century Elmina Euro-African civil servant and diplomat on the Dutch Gold Coast. Jacob Huydecoper was born in Elmina to a Fante woman named Akosewa Kombati, he was a member of the prominent Afro-European Huydecoper family, which traces its ancestor to Jan Pieter Theodoor Huydecoper, a Director-General of the Dutch Gold Coast in the 18th century. Huydecoper started his career in the colonial administration of the Dutch Gold Coast in July 1832, when he was installed as a provisional assistant at Elmina, he became a regular assistant on 15 December 1836. Huydecoper was charged with the recruitment of the so-called Belanda Hitam, Gold Coastan and Akan recruitments for the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army, at the Ashanti capital of Kumasi, between 1838 and 1842. With this move, he followed in the footstep of his father, the Dutch envoy at the Ashanti court between 1816 and 1817. Huydecoper returned from Kumasi on 1 February 1842, was honourably discharged of all his duties on 31 March 1842.
Three years Huydecoper died in Elmina at the age of 33. Huydecoper is considered the initiator of the Methodist mission in Elmina, established in 1842, after he himself was converted to Christianity by The Reverend Thomas Birch Freeman when the latter was stationed at Kumasi in 1839
Kupol is an airport which services the eponymously-named primary gold-silver mine, one of the majest in the Russian Far East. It was built by Kinross Gold Corporation, it been using for the needs of its enterprise in the Anadyr region of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. The nearest village is selo Ilirney. It's located 96 km from airport; the airport is placed in the permafrost zone with a subarctic climate. The cold season lasts about 8 months; the airport is operational by schedule. It is able to handle such aircraft as Bombardier Q Series, Antonov An-12, Antonov An-74, Antonov An-140, Antonov An-24, Antonov An-26, Yak-40, helicopters of all types. Aircraft at Kupol airport On 7 March 2019 the Aurora airline's Bombardier DHC 8-Q400 performed a flight from Magadan to Kupol. During the landing run it rolled out of the runway having damaged several lights of lighting. There were 5 crew members on board. There were no injuries