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Cameron, Kenneth M

(1931-    ) US author of two unremarkable sf thrillers, Power Play (1979) under his own name and The Sunset Gun (1983) as by George Bartram; both are set in the Near Future, the latter features the eponymous deadly Weapon. [JC]

Kojima, Hideo

(1963-    ) Japanese Game designer who began work on Videogames with Penguin Adventure (1986 Konami, MSX) designed by Hiroyuki Fukui, Ryouhei Shogaki, an action game in which the player must bring home a golden apple to cure an ailing penguin princess. Kojima's influence is not, however, especially noticeable in this work. The first game he actually designed was Metal Gear (1987), which may be the earliest example of a combat-based Videogame in which the gameplay depends ...

Conviser, Josh

(1974-    ) Working name of US screenwriter and author whose Ryan Laing sequence of Near Future thrillers, comprising Echelon (2006) and EMPYRE (2007), posits a world in which contemporary intelligence surveillance has become hugely more sophisticated (capable in effect of not only gathering data but interpreting it). In the first volume, the Cyborg protagonist is instrumental in challenging the worldwide dominance of Echelon; in the second, which seems to have been ...

Bagley, John

(1908-1989) UK author, an active local historian who concentrated on Merseyside and Lancashire; Wasp-Waisted Arabella (1936) is an sf novel about longevity (see Immortality) with humorous intent (see She). [JC]

Verron, Robert

(?   -?   ) UK author, mostly of crime novels from around 1944 till 1964. He was responsible as well for two sf tales for children, The Point of No Return (1955), in which a species of Mutant fish threaten to take over the world, and The Day of the Dust (1964), in which Disaster strikes. [JC]

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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