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Psi World

Role Playing Game (1984). Fantasy Games Unlimited. Designed by Delbert Carr, Cheron. / Psi World is characteristic of many early RPGs in its brevity and emphasis on rules over setting. The basic scenario is the same as that seen in many sf novels dealing with Espers. On a planet that is, or is similar to, near future Earth part of the population is evolving into a separate species with Psionic powers, while the remaining "normals" have come to hate and fear their potential successors as a ...

Peck, Richard E

(1936-    ) US author and academic and university administrator, an active critic of both literature in general and sf in particular. He began publishing sf with "In Alien Waters" for Venture in November 1969. His sf novel, Final Solution (1973), is an amusing but grim tale in which a US academic is sent fifty years into the future (through Cryonics) to find universities and Cities merged into a hideous conglomerate Keep and sealed off, with Middle America living comfortably ...

Allan, Angus P

(?   -    ) Author of Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future (1977), a mediocre Tie to the famous Eagle space-adventure Comic strip Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future, novelizing the original Dan Dare story which ran from 1950. [DRL]

Arikawa Hiro

(1972-    ) Japanese author whose work, ostensibly in the Light Novel field, has acquired a weight and respect that has garnered high critical praise, including the Seiun Award, often being published in the increasingly rare hardback format. She swiftly established herself in the first decade of the twenty-first century as a guru for Japan's Millennials, tailoring fiction to meet the new market sector of "freeters" (drop-outs from the career path, preferring to take ...

Pinborough, Sarah

(1972-    ) UK author active from around 2000, the work she has been most closely identified with being horror (but see Horror in SF). Her involvement in the Doctor Who franchise led to the Torchwood (2006-2011) Ties Torchwood: Into the Silence (2009) and Torchwood: Long Time Dead (2011). The Dog-Faced Gods sequence beginning with A Matter of Blood (2010; vt A Matter of Blood: The Forgotten Gods 2013) Equipoisally sets supernatural crimes within the frame of a Near Future ...

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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