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Leather Goddesses of Phobos

Videogame (1986). Infocom. Designed by Steve Meretzky. Platforms: Amiga, Amstrad, AppleII, Atari8, AtariST, C64, DOS, Mac. / Leather Goddesses of Phobos is a puzzle-based text Adventure game set in 1936. The eponymous alien women intend to invade Earth and turn it into their private pleasure world; as the adventure begins the player (having chosen a male or female character) is kidnapped to serve as their experimental subject. For reasons that are not entirely clear, the player character is ...

Dickson, Gordon R

(1923-2001) Canadian-born author, resident in the USA since age 13, becoming a US citizen many decades before his death. He was educated (along with Poul Anderson) at the University of Minnesota, taking his BA in English in 1948, and remained in Minnesota. After World War Two he re-established the Minneapolis Fantasy Society, with Anderson a central participant. The two later collaborated on the Hoka series – Earthman's Burden (coll 1957), Star Prince Charlie (1975) and Hoka! (coll 1982); ...

Mellon, Mark

(?   -    ) US lawyer and author whose first novel, Escape from Byzantium (2009), is fantasy whose protagonist, Simon Rosencreutz, seems to have nothing to do with Rosicrucianism; Napoleon Concerto: A Novel in Three Movements (2010) is an Alternate History tale in which the Napoleonic Empire and Great Britain are deadlocked after years of War, with neither able to gain an advantage. With the aid of an alternate Robert Fulton (1765-1815), whose Invention of an ...

Biancotti, Deborah

(1971-    ) Australian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The First and Final Game" in Altair for August 2000, which appeared with other ambitious, complexly couched early work in A Book of Endings (coll 2009). The Bad Power (coll of linked stories 2011), presents a linked cast of Australians, their lives otherwise unconnected, who must learn to deal with their Superpowers, an affliction or benefit whose broad impact on their native land may edge ...

Bazterrica, Agustina

(1974-    ) Argentinian author of the Near Future Cadáver exquisito (2017; trans Sarah Moses as Tender Is the Flesh 2020), set in a world where a Pandemic caused by a fatal virus very readily transmissible from animals to humans has generated a point of Transition, after which, all "lower" creatures having been destroyed, it has become necessary, if only in a culinary sense, for humans to become food. Suspicions are aroused that the governments of the world – ...

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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