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McNaughton, Janet

(1953-    ) Canadian author for Young Adult readers whose The Secret Under My Skin (2000) is set in a constricted distant-Near Future world, a twenty-fourth-century Dystopian venue beset by the consequences of Climate Change; the young protagonist finds that the discovery of her true identity may lead to a solution to some of the world's problems. An Earthly Knight (2003) is fantasy. [JC]

Pier, Garrett Chatfield

(1875-1943) UK-born US author of Hanit the Enchantress (1921), in which a Yale expedition to Egypt discovers what seems to be a Lost World, into the heart of which the lead of the expedition plunges by Timeslip, where he falls in love with the spitting image of the twentieth century woman to whom he is betrothed. [JC]

FTL: Faster Than Light

Videogame (2012). Subset Games. Platforms: Win, Mac, Lin, iOS. / FTL: Faster Than Light is a Roguelike videogame in which the player pilots a rebel spacecraft, The Kestrel, through a number of galaxies in order to deliver vital information to a Galactic Federation that lies eight sectors away. / The game is a top-down strategy and management resource game (in "top-down" games, the player looks directly down on the action of the game in cross-section). The player gradually accumulates ...

Ljoka, Dan

(1935-    ) US author of Shelter (1973) a Holocaust tale set during and immediately after World War Three; the hero, trapped Underground with fertile women, is forced to have Sex with them. Everyone dies. [JC]

Hunter, Mel

Working name of American artist Milford Joseph Hunter III (1927-2004). After growing up with an abusive father, Hunter attended Northwestern University in Illinois before moving to California, where he worked as an artist for Northrop Aircraft Corporation. But he began seeking employment as a freelance artist, and in early 1953 he sold his first cover to Galaxy magazine, depicting some men preparing a spaceship for flight, unusually observed from above. As early covers indicate, Hunter's human ...

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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