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Tea, Travis

1. An alternate Pseudonym of the unidentified sf author who wrote as Dustin Lasser. / 2. This joke "travesty" byline was independently used by a team of over thirty sf/fantasy authors and editors – including Michael Armstrong, Pierce Askegren, Adam-Troy Castro, Brenda Clough, Sheila Finch, C C Finlay, Peter J Heck, Robin Hobb, James D Macdonald, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Kevin O'Donnell Jr, Alan Rodgers, Chuck Rothman, Sherwood Smith and Allen Steele – for a Round-Robin novel ...

Levinrew, Will

Pseudonym of US author William Levine (1881-?   ), who seems to have been active in the late 1920s and 1930s, publishing several crime novels during this period, usually featuring the deductive exploits of the elderly Professor Herman Brierly. Seemingly unnatural events and murders are usually brought back to the mundane by the professor, though The Poison Plague (5 August 1922 Argosy All-Story Weekly; 1929) edges into sf as the eponymous disease transforms New York. Murder from ...

Shiras, Wilmar H

(1908-1990) US author whose first novel, Slow Dawning (1946) as by Jane Howes, was not sf or fantasy. She began publishing sf with "In Hiding" for Astounding in November 1948, the first of several stories assembled as Children of the Atom (stories November 1948-March 1950 Astounding; fixup 1953). The narrative concerns a number of radiation-engendered child geniuses (see Superman) who initially hide their abilities from the world, then reveal themselves, taking the risk that in trying to help ...


Roguelikes or Rogue-likes are a type of Computer Role Playing Game or CRPG with a number of common gameplay features. The player must move their character, or party of characters through a dungeon or map with a series of levels, fighting Monsters of increasing difficulty. Most typically, the player is subject to "permadeath"; if a character or member of a party dies, then they are lost permanently. If all characters die, then the player loses all progress and must begin the game afresh. ...

Science-Fiction Plus

US letter-size magazine, perfect bound. Seven issues, March to December 1953, monthly for four months, then bimonthly, published by Hugo Gernsback's Gernsback Publications, with Sam Moskowitz as managing editor. / This was Gernsback's last venture in the sf field, and attempted to recover something of the flavour of his early pulps, including some Frank R Paul covers, but it was a financial failure. Notable stories – there were few – included two of Philip José Farmer's ...

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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