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Wartofsky, Victor

(1931-2003) US author whose very Near Future Year of the Yahoo (1972) is of some sf interest for its explorations of potential Political extremities in the governance of America; in The Passage (1980), a volunteer at the Psychical Research Institute experimentally explores the afterlife. [JC]

Superhero 2044

Role Playing Game (1977). Gamescience. Designed by Donald Saxman. / Superhero 2044 is the earliest example of a professionally produced Role Playing Game based on the mythology of the Superhero. (A first edition was self-published in 1977 as Superhero '44, inspired by an unreleased game created by John M Ford.) Its most remarkable feature is perhaps how little influence it had on later designs. By convention, Superhero stories take place in an alternate present. This game's setting, ...

Cowan, James

(1841-1906) US author and journalist whose sf novel, Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World (1896), features an ambulatory Moon which after falling into the Pacific Ocean makes it possible for the narrator of the tale, with companions, to fly to Mars in a Balloon, where they discover a new defence of Christianity in the form of parallel Evolution and multiple incarnations of Christ. [JC]

DeVito, Joe

(1957-    ) US artist and sculptor, sometimes as Joseph DeVito, who graduated from the Parsons School of Design in 1981, studied further at the New York Art Students League, and takes a special interest in palaeontological subjects. He has produced many genre book and magazine covers since 1984, including Dinosaur images for the vt of David A Drake's Time Safari (coll of linked stories 1982; exp vt Tyrannosaur 1994) and – in skeletal form – for Michael Swanwick's ...

Headley, Maria Dahvana

(1977-    ) US author who first came to notice for a memoir, The Year of Yes (2006). Most of her fiction has been fantasy, though infused with a generic adventurousness typical of twenty-first century Fantastika in general, beginning with Queen of Kings (2011), which initiates a proposed series featuring Cleopatra. In this tale her historical/fantasized Cleopatra (69-20 BCE) does not die from the asp that traditionally bit her, as she has sold her soul to remain alive; ...

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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