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Tunstall, Brian

(1900-1970) UK author of several books on naval warfare; his sf novel, Eagles Restrained (1936), shows some prescience in his Prediction that World War Two will begin with a German-Polish conflict (though it dates the event to 1954), but is less fortunate in its assumption that the International Air Police of the League of Nations, maintaining a long-sustained Pax Aeronautica, ...

Mayne, Andrew

(1973-    ) US stage magician and author, probably best known in the former capacity; his fiction is various, some of it comprising nonfantastic thrillers [not listed below]. He is of sf interest for three series: the Chronological Man sequence beginning with The Chronological Man: The Monster in the Mist (2011 ebook), adventures in Steampunk-inflected venues; the Station Breaker sequence beginning with ...

Revolution 60

Videogame (2014). Giant Spacekat. Designed by Brianna Wu. Platforms: iOS. / Revolution 60 is an independent ("indie") Adventure game for IoS platforms. It contains elements from several gaming genres; it utilizes the touch-screen capability of IoS platforms, employs turn-based combat, allows multiple-choice decision-making using a "dialogue wheel", and makes use of Quick Time events (see below). The game received ...

Han Song

(1965-    ) Chinese author and journalist, a multiple recipient of the Yinhe Award and considered one of the leading figures of the genre in China. Han Song spent the period 1984-1991 at Wuhan University, studying English and journalism, and eventually graduating with a Master of Laws. He subsequently became an editor and contributor to the government-owned journal Liaowang Dongfang Zhoukan ["Oriental Outlook ...

Oberth, Hermann

(1894-1989) Austro-Hungarian born German engineer and physicist, in his early years much influenced by the work of Jules Verne. He is of great importance in the theory and development of Rocket science from as early as 1917, and his (rejected) doctoral thesis – Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen ["The Rocket into Interplanetary Space"] (1923 chap; exp vt Wege zur Raumschiffahrt ["Ways to Spaceflight"] ...

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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