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Southon, Arthur E

(1887-1964) UK minister and author, much of his fiction being adventure tales set in Africa. They include A Yellow Napoleon: A Romance of West Africa (1923), which describes an attempted insurrection in the immediate Near Future; and Jackson's Ju-Ju (1927; vt The God of Gold: A Tale of the West African Coast 1927), a Lost Race novel. [JC]

Bernau, George

(1945-2005) US lawyer and author of three Alternate-History thrillers: in Promises to Keep (1988) a figure based on John F Kennedy recovers from the attempt to assassinate him; in Candle in the Wind (1990) Marilyn Monroe survives her semi-accidental overdose; and in Black Phoenix (1994), Germany acquires, at the end of World War Two, a super weapon that threatens to create a modification of the Hitler Wins scenario, though in this case it is Joseph Goebbels who, having faked his death, ...

Norman, Lisanne

(1951-    ) UK author active in UK Fandom from 1978, and author of some short fiction. Her career has been dominated, however, by the Sholan Alliance sequence, beginning with Turning Point (1993) and ending with Circle's End (2017), a set of Planetary Romance tales within a Space Opera setting which gives an opportunity for the introduction of numerous Alien species. The cat-like Sholans, who dominate the action, utilize various Psi Powers including Telepathy to maintain ...

MacMillan, Ian

(?   -    ) US author of Blakely's Ark (1981), an sf Disaster novel in which a virus Pandemic decimates humanity. [JC]

Pepper's Adventures in Time

Videogame (1993). Sierra On-Line. Designed by Gano Haine, Jane Jensen, Josh Mandel, Lorelei Shannon. Platforms: DOS, Win. / Pepper's Adventures in Time is a graphical Adventure marketed as edutainment for Young Adults which many older players have also found appealing. Participants alternate between the roles of the eponymous character, a sassy young amateur newsgirl, and her "newshound", Lockjaw. The game begins with Pepper and Lockjaw outside her parents' house, but the player (in the ...

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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