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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Lundberg, Knud

(1920-2002) Danish athlete and author whose Near Future tale, Det olympiske håb (1955; trans Eiler Hansen and William Luscombe as The Olympic Hope: A Story from the Olympic Games, 1996 1958), suggests that the Olympics (see Games and Sports) may eventually be plagued by the use of Drugs to improve the performance of athletes. [JC]

Archipelago [game]

Role Playing Game (2007; rev 2009, 2012). Independent Game. Designed by Matthijs Holter. / Small Press roleplaying game associated with the improvisational approach of the Nørwegian Style Live Action Role Playing movement and the affiliation of its methods with the folktales of ...

Rutherford, Meg

(1932-2006) Australian sculptor, illustrator and author, in UK at least intermittently from 1958; she is of some sf interest for The Beautiful Island (graph 1969), which is collage-based. The narrative is ostensibly pure fantasy – birds persuade the battered houses and edifices of northern lands to migrate south to a paradisal Island – but uses proto-Steampunk devices literally to carry the tale, for the ...

Dwyer, James Francis

(1874-1952) Australian author, imprisoned for committing forgery (1899-1902), in the US after 1907, in France after 1921; a prolific author of stories from 1902, sometimes as by Burglar Bill with the Sydney Bulletin, where he began publishing a huge stream of works; he eventually moved on as well to a wide range of magazines like Black Cat, Blue Book and Argosy. "The Phantom ...

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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