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Franklin, Cheryl J

(1955-    ) US author, most of whose work fits into a two-part sequence, beginning with the fantasy Fire Lord/Magical Tales of the Taormin books [see Checklist] and continuing with the fantasy-like sf Network/Consortium series, comprising The Light in Exile (1990), The Inquisitor (1992) and Ghost Shadow (1996), set in a Planetary Romance venue, into which interstellar vampires are imported. [JC]

Nuclear Energy

The claim that sf is a realistic, extrapolative literature is often supported by the citing of successful Predictions, among which atomic power and the atom bomb are usually given pride of place. When the news of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was released in 1945, John W Campbell Jr, editor of Astounding Science-Fiction, was exultant, claiming that now sf would have to be taken seriously. Campbell was entitled to congratulate himself: it was largely due to his editorial influence that ...

Blue Planet

Role Playing Game (1997). Biohazard Games. Designed by Jeffrey Barber, Greg Benage, John Snead, Jason Werner. / Life in Blue Planet is hard, fast and amphibious. The game is set in the twenty-second century, on a waterworld named Poseidon, reached through a Wormhole discovered beyond Pluto which permits Faster Than Light travel to only one extrasolar system. Poseidon was colonized by Genetically Engineered humans and Uplifted cetaceans before an ecological collapse on Earth led to the ...

Pearson's Magazine

1. UK popular fiction and general interest magazine published by C A Pearson Ltd, edited by Sir Arthur Pearson (1866-1921) until 1899, Percy W Everett 1900-1911, Philip O'Farrell 1912-1919, John Reed Wade 1920-1939, W E Johns May-November 1939; monthly, 527 issues, January 1896 to November 1939. Standard size except for last seven issues, which were letter size. / C Arthur Pearson had previously worked for George Newnes and when he established his own publishing business he released two ...

Donnelly, H Grattan

(1850-1931) Irish-born playwright and author, in US from early manhood; he wrote three sf novels: The Coming Crown (1880 chap), a Satire on tendencies he detected for the American presidency to become a form of monarchy in the Near Future; '84, a Political Revelation (1883 chap), which predicts further postbellum turmoils; and The Stricken Nation (1890 chap), depicting a Future War in which an unprepared America is devastated by a ruthless Great Britain (see Invasion). The cover illustration ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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