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Miral, Léon

Pseudonym of French journalist, playwright and author Ernest Jacob (1858-1942); with A Viger (whom see for publishing details), he published some sf tales in Le Petit Parisien, a journal for which he had worked at some point; these tales were signed either as by L Miral and A Viger or as by Miral-Viger. [JC]

Glemser, Bernard

(1908-1990) UK photographer, art editor and author who worked for the UK government in America after 1945, remaining in the US after his resignation; he also published one novel as by Robert Crane and at least two romances as by Geraldine Napier. Glemser began to publish work of some genre interest with "Astonished Father" in the British journal Argosy for December 1945, though his first outright sf story, as by Crane, was "The Purple Fields" in Star Science Fiction Stories #2 (anth 1953) ...

Tea, Travis

1. An alternate Pseudonym of the unidentified sf author who wrote as Dustin Lasser. / 2. This joke "travesty" byline was independently used by a team of over thirty sf/fantasy authors and editors – including Michael Armstrong, Pierce Askegren, Adam-Troy Castro, Brenda Clough, Sheila Finch, C C Finlay, Peter J Heck, Robin Hobb, James D Macdonald, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Kevin O'Donnell Jr, Alan Rodgers, Chuck Rothman, Sherwood Smith and Allen Steele – for a Round-Robin novel ...

McMahon, Thomas

(1943-1999) US scientist specializing in biomechanics, and author, three of whose novels teasingly gain fuel and impetus from the fantastic, broadly conceived. Principles of American Nuclear Chemistry: A Novel (1970), a Young Adult tale set at the time of the Manhattan Project during World War Two, skirts Fantastika through its depiction of the Invention of an "odor amplifier" is not in fact technologically feasible. Set relaxedly in a 1922 America so lubricated with possibilities it almost ...

Mass Effect

Videogame (2007). BioWare. Designed by Casey Hudson, Preston Watamaniuk. Platforms: XB360 (2007); Win (2008). / Mass Effect is a Computer Role Playing Game which employs a three-dimensional third-person view. The setting is Space Opera; in the twenty-second century humanity is expanding into a galaxy populated by many diverse alien civilizations, using technology obtained from Forerunner artefacts discovered on Mars. The various species each have their own "racial personalities", 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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