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Salter, George

(1897-1967) German theatrical designer, teacher, calligrapher and illustrator, born Georg Salter, in active service during World War One; in US from November 1934, after being stripped of his livelihood by the German state for being Jewish; in September 1940, on becoming an American citizen, he changed his name to George Salter. His career is marked throughout by his close association, as designer and illustrator, with particular firms, beginning with Verlag Die Schmiede and Kiepenheuer Verlag ...

Star Wars: Galaxies

Videogame (2003). Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). Designed by Raph Koster (forename is a short form of Raphael, not Ralph mistyped). Platforms: Win. / While the milieu of Star Wars: Galaxies was licenced from the eponymous film series (specifically, it was set in a frozen historical moment between Star Wars (1977) [1977] and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back [1980]), when it was launched the game represented the cutting edge of Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing ...

Flanagan, Richard

(1961-    ) Australian author whose third novel, Gould's Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish (2001) describes early Australian history – specifically the deeply troubled culture of Tasmania – in terms at points reminiscent of the Magic Realism techniques used by Latin American writers in their manufacture of national myths of origin; the tale is a central example of what has come to be known as Tasmanian Gothic, with the landscape itself providing the Gothic ...

Colburn, Frona Eunice Wait

(1859-1946) US author of Yermah the Dorado (1897 as by Frona Eunice Wait; rev vt Yermah the Dorado: The Story of a Lost Race 1913 under her full name), which is set in the ninth millennium BCE, at a time when the Aryan empire of Atlantis governs a Utopia on the site of what will eventually become San Francisco; it is not technically a Lost Race tale. The congested plot, much concerned with Religions of every stripe, ends in a volcanic eruption. [JC]

Chamberlain, William

(1903-1966) US soldier, in the US army 1927-1946, retiring with the rank of Brigadier General. He was the author of two borderline sf novels set in the very Near Future, Red January (1964) and China Strike (1967), both featuring US pre-emptive strikes against the enemy – in the first case Cuba, about to blackmail the USA; and in the second China, on the verge of dropping a cobalt bomb on her. In each case, the enemies of democracy are defeated. [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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