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Oldham, June

(?   -    ) UK author of The Raven Waits (1979), a fantasy about Beowulf; and a Young Adult tale, Foundling (1995; vt Found 1996), set in a Near Future America where fears of Overpopulation have led to punitive controls over reproduction. The young protagonist, exiled to a countryside inhabited by Gothic figures of menace and occasional hope, establishes as expected a kind of family among her fellow rejects from a bad world. [JC]

Livingstone, Ian

(1949-    ) UK Game designer, writer and entrepreneur, honoured with an Order of the British Empire for "services to the computer game industry" in 2006. With Steve Jackson and John Peake, Livingstone founded Games Workshop in 1975, hoping to create and sell their own games, though the early growth of the business depended on importing US Role Playing Games. Games Workshop was later to become something of a British institution in the mould of 2000 AD, trading on the darkly ...

Dawson, Basil

(1914-1979) Author, presumably UK, of a Dan Dare Tie (see Dan Dare) for the Young Adult market, Dan Dare on Mars (1956), in which he opposes a foe who wishes to make Mars uninhabitable. [JC]

Manden der Taenkte Ting

Film (1969; vt The Man Who Thought Life). Asa Film/Palladium. Directed by Jens Ravn. Written by Henrik Stangerup, based on Manden der Taenkte Ting (1938) by Valdemar Holst. Cast includes Preben Neergaard, John Price and Lotte Tarp. 97 minutes. Black and white. / This Danish fantasy tells of a man who can create objects – even people – by force of will. Anything he brings into existence has only a short life, so he goes to a doctor and asks for a brain operation to perfect his ...

Berman, Mitch

(1956-    ) US author of the sf novel Time Capsule (1987), set in a post-World War Three America, through which two young protagonists wander, seeing and learning much; in some regions, they discover that Slavery has been reintroduced by the American army. The tale, conducted in a highly foregrounded style, is hallucinatory, simultaneously joky and earnest, often moving. Berman has also been involved in Hypertext projects: Instant Konkowsky (2003) for graphics, video, music ...

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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