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Albedo One

Irish low-paying magazine of sf, fantasy and horror fiction which appears irregularly; formerly two or three times per year, latterly once or twice; there was a three-year gap between issue #47 in 2016 and #48 in 2019. First issue, Summer 1993, but undated from issue #4. Originally published by Tachyon Productions, Dublin, Eire, as an A5 booklet, the publisher became Albedo One Productions, Dublin, from issue #12 (1996), and it switched to A4 format. Digital copies in PDF format have also been ...

James, Donald

Working name of UK scriptwriter and author Donald James Wheal (1931-2008), who also wrote as James Barwick and Thomas Dresden. His work as a scriptwriter for Television series began about 1964; of sf interest were scripts for programmes like Space: 1999, and for individual films like Gerry Anderson's Doppelganger (1999). His first novel of sf interest, The Fall of the Russian Empire (1982), is a Near Future thriller about the end of the USSR; the Inspector Vadim sequence, comprising Monstrum ...

Mortimore, Jim

(1962-    ) UK author who specializes in Ties, mostly for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Lucifer Rising (1993) with Andy Lane, though he has also contributed to the Babylon 5 universe, beginning with Babylon 5 Book 4: Clark's Law (1996). Space Truckers (1997) which is standalone, novelizes the film Space Truckers (1996), failing to make much of a genre-mixing tale in which truckers and cowboys and pirates are confusedly brought ...

Wendland, Albert

(1948-    ) US academic and author whose first book, Science, Myth, and the Fictional Creation of Alien Worlds (1984), expands his 1979 doctoral thesis; his interest in the imaginative processes involved in shaping Alien environments informs his first novel, The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes (1984), a Space Opera whose protagonist, threatened by the murder of several colleagues, embarks upon a Fantastic Voyage from planet to planet in search of answers. The author's surname ...

Forgotten Futures

Role Playing Game (1993). Designed by Marcus Rowland. / Forgotten Futures is a game of possible pasts and discarded futures. It consists of a core set of rules and a number of "collections", each of which defines a storyworld or subgenre based on published works of Scientific Romance or contemporary fantasy. A typical collection contains reproductions of out of copyright fiction and illustrations, sample scenarios and a sourcebook on its subject; many of them recast nineteenth-century ...

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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