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Romero, John

(1967-    ) US Game designer whose first published work was Scout Search (1984 Capitol Ideas Software, AppleII), a simple two-dimensional game in which the player must protect cub scouts from a grizzly bear. His fame, however, rests on the early games developed by id Software, the company he founded in 1991 with the artist Adrian Carmack, the game designer Tom Hall and the highly talented computer programmer John Carmack (who was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts ...

Mason, Gregory

(1889-1968) US doctor and author whose novel, The Green Gold of Yucatan (1926), is a Lost Race tale, and whose sf Dystopia, The Golden Archer: A Satirical Novel of 1975 (1956), is a Satire depicting an America suffering under regimented, McCarthy-like bigotry and Religious strife. This author should not be confused with Gregory Mason, a pseudonym used by Adrienne Jones and Doris Meek for a nonfantastic novel, With Soul So Dead (1956). [JC]

Setlowe, Richard

(1933-    ) US naval officer and author whose first novel, The Brink (1976), though not fantastic, explores the complex events (and paranoias) that might lead the world to the verge of World War Three. Of more direct sf interest is The Experiment (1980), a Near Future in which a man terminally ill with lung cancer (see Medicine) is given a chance to live through the implementation of artificial gills, after which he must live under water, enclosed in a tank. Now calling ...

Donohue, Trevor

(1939-    ) Australian author who began to publish work of genre interest in 1981 with "Unnamed" for PM with Paul Collins – with whom he has collaborated on other work as well. Savage Tomorrow (1983), a Post-Holocaust tale set in a raddled world not dissimilar in its trashy exorbitance to that illuminated in the Mad Max films. [JC]

Toxic Avenger, The

Film (1984). HCH/Troma/Palan. Directed by Michael Herz, Samuel Weil. Written by Joe Ritter, based on a story by Lloyd Kaufman. Cast includes Mitchell Cohen, Andree Maranda and Mark Torgl. 100 minutes, cut to 79 minutes. Colour. / After a cruel practical joke is played on him, a teenage nerd falls into a barrel of toxic waste in Tromaville, New Jersey, "Toxic Waste Capital of America". He mutates (see Mutants) into the low-budget Superhero the Toxic Avenger and is compelled to murder bad ...

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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