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Kalstein, Dave

(?   -    ) US screenwriter and author whose Near Future sf novel, Prodigy (2005), is set in an elite highrise school on the edge of a thinly disguised Los Angeles (see California) in 2036; its students, subject to extremely intense Cultural Engineering, believe wrongly they are being shaped for a Utopian future. [JC]


Board Game (1994). Wizards of the Coast (WotC). Designed by Richard Garfield. / RoboRally is a light hearted game of Robot carnage, reminiscent of the UK television series Robot Wars (1997-2003) or the US BattleBots (2000-2002). The players are bored supercomputers who decide to relieve their ennui by staging a race around a series of checkpoints with their Robot workers, inhabitants of an exceptionally hazardous "widget factory" full of bottomless pits, unpredictable conveyor belts, flame ...

Wagner, Bruce

(1954-    ) US screenwriter and author who has focused on the splendours and miseries of California life and culture, as in his first book, Force Majeure: The Bud Wiggins Stories (coll of linked stories 1988; exp vt Force Majeure 1991), whose Comic-Inferno examination of Hollywood (see Cinema) edges close to the fantastic. His script for the Television series Wild Palms (which see for details) is full-blown sf. He produced three separate books about or rendering the series: ...

Kidd, Tom

(1955-    ) US illustrator who has published also as Thomas Kidd, Newell Convers (a tribute to N C Wyeth, whose first two names these are) and Gnemo, the latter pseudonym acknowledging his fascination with the work of Winsor McCay. His cover illustrations are usually done in oils; the other media he uses in published work include watercolours and pencil. / Born in Tampa, Florida, Kidd decided at a fairly early age that he wanted to be a fantasy illustrator. In the ...

New Weird

Term apparently coined by M John Harrison in his introduction to China Miéville's The Tain (2002 chap), titled "China Miéville and the New Weird". It was taken up by Miéville himself in a guest editorial for The Third Alternative (Summer 2003), describing that magazine's general ambience but later understood as a supposed subgenre whose leading lights include Miéville – chiefly for his New Crobuzon sequence opening with Perdido Street Station (2000) – and ...

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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