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Olemy, P T

Pseudonym (ie Ptolemy) of US author George Baker (?   -    ) of two spoofish thrillers, Pink Dolphin (1967) and The Transgressors (1967). In his sf novel, The Clones (1968), Clones, because of their powers of Communication, may be able to save Earth from Invasion by Aliens; or in fact help Earth invade other planets in turn. [JC]

Service, Robert W

(1874-1958) UK-born poet and author, in Canada (mostly in the Yukon Territory) between 1896 and 1912, where much of his exceedingly popular verse was set, the most famous of his collections being Songs of a Sourdough (coll 1907) and Rhymes of a Rolling Stone (coll 1912); the not entirely fortunate influence of his poetry – when read aloud, as usual – can still be registered in the sf Poetry of a century later. After 1912, Service lived in Europe. Of his several novels, The Master of ...

Pearson, Martin

Pseudonym used by Donald A Wollheim for over twenty solo stories including the Ajax Calkins series and "Mimic" (December 1942 Astonishing Stories), the last filmed Mimic (1997). There is one collaborative Pearson title, "The Embassy" (March 1942 Astounding), which Wollheim wrote with C M Kornbluth. [PN/DRL]

Darwinia

Videogame (2005). Introversion Software (IS). Designed by Chris Delay. Platforms: Lin, Mac, Win (2005); rev vt Darwinia+ XB360 (2010). / As in Theodore Sturgeon's short story "Microcosmic God" (April 1941 Astounding), Darwinia's protagonist plays God to a world of rapidly evolving and surprisingly involving creatures (see Evolution). The player adopts the role of a present-day hacker who enters a mysterious sealed zone on the internet, the creation of a barely sane genius; the protagonist ...

Gough, Julian

(1966-    ) UK-born singer-songwriter and author, in Ireland from the age of seven; he was a founder of and main writer of the band Toasted Heretic, which released four albums between 1988 and 1993. His first novel, Jude: Level 1 (2007; vt Jude in London 2009), is a nonfantastic though gonzo picaresque featuring an Irish orphan lad's attempts to find it all out. Of sf interest is the Near Future Connect (2018), whose protagonist, a moderately ungovernable teenager with ...

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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