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Gibbins, David

(1962-    ) Canadian archaeologist and author, partly resident in the UK, of whose novels Atlantis (2005) is of sf interest, as the rediscovered Atlantis proves to contain secrets of ancient science of planetary importance, and likely to cause a Holocaust, a threat dealt with in The Last Gospel (2008) and The Gods of Atlantis (2011). Crusader Gold (2006), a singleton, unabashedly owes much to Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones films, though it is more soberly argued. [JC]

Castle Falkenstein

Role Playing Game (1994). R Talsorian Games. Designed by Michael Pondsmith. / Castle Falkenstein is more a work of Steampunk and Magick than one of Science and Sorcery. Nevertheless, its spells and chimeras have a basis in Imaginary Science: dragons are intelligent Dinosaurs, the faerie are extra-dimensional energy beings and magick is the result of an inherited ability to alter the subatomic structure of reality. The game's setting is a nineteenth century Parallel World fantasticated by ...

Bryce, Lloyd

(1851-1917) US politician, editor and author of a Future War Parody, A Dream of Conquest (June 1889 Lippincott's Monthly Magazine; 1890), which features a moderately spoofed Yellow Peril Invasion of Key West, which is virtually unmanned, and eventually New York, destroying the city. The it-was-all-a-dream conclusion of the tale may not have been intended literally. [JC]

Metaphysical Review, The

Australian Fanzine (1984-1998) edited, published, and written by Bruce Gillespie for Melbourne, Victoria. 29 issues. American quarto (letter-size) duplicated from #1 (July 1984) to #10 (March 1987); A4 photo-offset from #11/12/13 (November 1987) to #28/29 (August 1998). Average length 40pp to #10; 80pp thereafter. / Though Gillespie first used the title for 1969-1972 APA publications, the first of the main series appeared in 1984 as an intended replacement for his SF Commentary. After the ...

Kelley, Leo P

(1928-2002) US author, for some time also an advertising copywriter, whose early works were mostly sf, but who concentrated on Westerns from about 1980. He began publishing sf with "Dreamtown, U.S.A." for If in February 1955, and published occasionally in the magazines for some years. In general in his novels, he demonstrated a verve for sharp clear ideas, and some of his novels are genuine Satires with considerable bite; but he habitually descended into routine Genre SF plotting, so that his ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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