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Ryan, Kevin

(?   -    ) US author who has mostly concentrated on Ties contributed to the Star Trek universe, beginning with Requiem (1994) in the Star Trek: The Next Generation subseries, and moving on to two sub-sub-series for Star Trek itself (which is to say, in the special language used to discriminate among series, two sub-sub-series for TOS, or The Original Series). They are the Errand of Vengeance, beginning with The Edge of the Sword (2002), and Errand of Fury, ...

Kurland, Michael

(1938-    ) US author who began publishing sf in September 1964 with "Elementary" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction with Laurence M Janifer, and Ten Years to Doomsday (1964) with Chester Anderson. The latter is a lightly written alien-Invasion novel, full of harmless violence in space, in which a planetary society must Uplift itself to fend off the foe. Kurland may also be an uncredited collaborator on Laurence M Janifer's The Wonder War (1964), as is suggested ...

Maltese, William

Primary pseudonym of US author William J Lambert Jr (1944-    ), most of whose work is erotica, some gay, some hetero; two of these are sf: the Tlen series comprising g Five Roads to Tlen (1970) and The Gods of Tlen (1970), both as William J Lambert, III, and Bond-Shattering (2005), the latter being a Space Opera in which relations between species are governed by a compelling aphrodisiac. The Crystal of Power sequence comprising The Crystal of Power (1980) as by Adriana ...

Lawrence, Conrad

(?   -    ) US author of The Council to Save the Planet (coll of linked stories 1994), which dramatizes a Near Future attempt to accomplish the goal indicated in its title through the creation of a Disaster huge enough to give its survivors a second chance to live correctly. [JC]

Time Zone

Videogame (1982). On-Line Systems. Designed by Roberta Williams. Platforms: AppleII (1982); PC88, PC98 (1985). / Time Zone is an illustrated text Adventure with a highly linear plot (see Interactive Narrative). The player begins the game in possession of a Time Machine, having been chosen by a mysterious figure to save the future Earth from an extraterrestrial enemy. They must travel to a wide variety of points in space and time, acquiring items which can be used to solve puzzles elsewhere ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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