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Latner, Alexis Glynn

(1957-    ) US author, librarian and creative-writing teacher who began publishing work of genre interest with "Wanderers" as Alexis G Latner for Analog in June 1990, and who is primarily known for Hard SF stories published in that magazine; in her first novel, Hurricane Moon (2007), a team of humans departs a terminally polluted Earth to find an inhabitable planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds; Pollution), a hegira which ends at a suitable double world, where issues of ...

Harrington, Matthew Joseph

(1960-    ) Japanese-born author, in US from early childhood, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Teacher's Pet" and "War and Peace" (both in Man-Kzin Wars XI, anth 2007, ed Larry Niven, Harrington and others [see Checklist]), and who has published further tales set in the Man-Kzin universe. In his first novel, The Goliath Stone (2013) with Larry Niven, a medical doctor's Invention of a Nanotechnology designed to cure illnesses goes awry when the "nanites" turn ...

VGA Planets

Videogame (1992). Designed by Tim Wissemann. Platforms: DOS, Win. / VGA Planets is a turn-based 4X Game of galactic domination displayed on a two-dimensional map, broadly similar to its near contemporary Master of Orion (1993). ("VGA" refers to a type of graphics hardware; its use in early versions made the game more visually appealing than some of its competitors.) After receiving mixed reviews on its initial release, VGA Planets became one of the earliest commercially successful ...

Latter, Simon

(?   -    ) UK author of two Ties to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. universe: The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. #1: The Golden Globules Affair (1967) and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. #3: The Golden Boats of Taradata Affair (1967). [JC]

Linklater, Eric

(1899-1974) Scottish author, in active service during World War One, an experience which, he stated twenty years after its close, transformed him from a "patriot" into a thinking man. He was proficient in various genres though he is best remembered for his novels, beginning with White Maa's Saga (1929). Much of his work is fantasy, including much of the Poetry assembled as A Dragon Laughed and Other Poems (coll 1930), The Devil's in the News: A Comedy to be Played with Occasional Music (first ...

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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