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Term used to refer to the individual who, in a group participating in a Role Playing Game, serves as both arbitrator of the rules and personification of the setting. Thus, the Gamemaster will take the part of any character not owned by one of the players, describe the appearance of the world, control events which occur "off stage", and so on. Some Gamemasters of "pen and paper" or "tabletop" Role Playing Games see themselves as neutral animators of a ...

Wimhurst, Katy

(    -    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Almost-Adventures of Immaculada Toadstool" in Kaleidotrope for April 2009. Most of her more recent work has been assembled as Snapshots of the Apocalypse and Other Stories (coll 2022), where a deftly learned use of the fantasticated literalism of Magic Realism – her doctorate is in Mexican iterations of that analogue of ...

Robert A Heinlein Award

Award presented in memory of Robert A Heinlein for "outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings to inspire the human exploration of space", under the auspices of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Award winners are selected by a jury of sf authors; following the initial presentation in 2003 to Michael F Flynn and Virginia Heinlein, almost all recipients have also ...

Wade, Tom W

(?   -    ) UK author who published mainly with sf publishers John Spencer (see Badger Books) under various pseudonyms. As Victor Wadey he wrote two bad yet charming sf novels, A Planet Named Terra (1962) and its sequel The United Planets (1962). The distant planet confusingly called Terra is populated by the Reincarnations of people from Earth, notably Elizabeth I, ...


Cats are arguably the only Alien beings that humans regularly interact with; for while the attitudes and behaviours of thoroughly domesticated dogs are readily comprehensible to their owners, the feelings and actions of cats can seem enigmatic and inexplicable, and even long-time cat owners may feel that they do not always understand the furry animals that they have welcomed into their homes. It is only logical, then, that many sf fans (see ...

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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