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Pendell, Dale

(?   -    ) US author of a Future History, The Great Bay: Chronicles of the Collapse (2010), which begins with Near Future Climate Change accompanied by a worldwide disease that leaves a tiny portion of Homo sapiens alive on the Ruined Earth. California is dominated by a central sea, and after sixteen millennia a complex society familiar to many sf readers – based on a balkanized array of principalities and regions whose Technology remains at a medieval ...


Videogame (1986). Nexa Corporation. Designed by Rob Swigart. Platforms: Amiga, AppleII, AtariST, C64, Mac, PCBoot. / Portal was an attempt to create a "computer novel", a form that was intended to more closely resemble that of hyperfiction (see Hypertext) than that of the text Adventure. The player takes the part of an astronaut sent on a solitary mission of exploration in a slower-than-light Starship. When they return, a century after their departure, Earth is deserted and the only ...

Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show

US professional downloadable Online Magazine (hereinafter referred to as OSCIM) published by Orson Scott Card's Hatrack River Enterprises; Card also worked as editor on the first two issues, October 2005-March 2006, with Edmund R Schubert as editor from October 2006 and Scott M Roberts as editor from July 2016. Originally twice a year, it became quarterly in 2008 and bimonthly from March 2009, a schedule it has kept except for a brief hiatus between January and June 2010 when the editor and ...

Houser, Lionel

(1908-1949) US screenwriter, film producer and author of the medical fantasy Caress and Farewell (1934), in which a female surgeon attempts to create a custom lover whose short life will be utterly dedicated to her (see Medicine). [DRL]

Richmond, Charles

(?   -    ) UK author whose sf play, A Step into Infinity (1946 chap), set half-a millennium hence, depicts the end of a vast Future War on Earth, and more cheering events on the planet Xeres. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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