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Ruggero, Ed

(1956-    ) US soldier and author, usually of nonfantastic military fiction, though his first novel, 38 North Yankee (1990), is a very Near Future tale in which North Korea once again invades South Korea. [JC]


In its early years Scientology was known as Dianetics (which see for details), a term still used within Scientology. The word "Scientology" was coined in 1952 by L Ron Hubbard, its founder; two of his books on the subject are This Is Scientology: The Science of Certainty (1955) and Scientology: The Fundamentals of Thought (1956). / The activities of the Scientologists have evolved in many curious and highly publicized ways since 1952. A lively account by a not wholly unsympathetic outsider ...


Videogame (1988). Konami. Designed by Hideo Kojima. Platforms: MSX (1988); PCEngineCD (1992); MegaCD (1994); PS1, Saturn (1996). / Snatcher is a menu driven graphical Adventure game with some real time combat sequences. Designed in Japan, it draws heavily on the style of Blade Runner (1982) and 1980s sf Anime such as Bubblegum Crisis (1987-1991); only the 1994 MegaCD version has been released in English. The game is set in the twenty-first century, fifty years after the accidental release ...

Dark Angel

US tv series (2000-2002). 20th Century Fox Television and Cameron/Eglee Productions for Fox. Created by James Cameron and Charles H Eglee. Produced by Cameron, Eglee, and René Echevarria. Writers include Cameron, Eglee, Echvarria, Jose Molina, Moira Kirland, David Zabel, and Michael Angeli. Directors include Cameron, David Nutter, Jeff Woolnough, and Thomas J Wright. Cast includes Jessica Alba as Max Guevara, Michael Weatherly as Logan Cale, John Savage as Donald Lydecker, Valerie Rae ...

Stine, G Harry

(1928-1997) US author who published most of his early work, most of it Children's SF, as by Lee Correy, but who in the 1980s began increasingly to publish fiction under his own name; his popularizing nonfiction about space travel and satellites had always been released under his own name, however, as was his first story, "Galactic Gadgeteers" in Astounding for May 1951. As Correy, his best-known sf tale is "'... And a Star to Steer Her By'" (June 1953 Astounding), to which his first novel, a ...

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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