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Bidmead, Christopher H

(1941-    ) UK scriptwriter and novelizer for the Doctor Who enterprise; his titles are Doctor Who: Logopolis (1982), Doctor Who: Castrovalva (1983) and Doctor Who: Frontios (1984). Bidmead was script editor for Doctor Who's 1981-1982 season, succeeding Douglas Adams. [JC/GS]

AVP Alien vs Predator

Film (2004). Twentieth Century Fox presents a Davis Entertainment Company/Brandywine production. Directed by Paul W S Anderson. Written by Anderson, from a screen story by Anderson, Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, based on the Alien (1979) characters created by O'Bannon and Shusett and the Predator (1987) characters created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas. Cast includes Raoul Bova, ...

Role Playing Game

Term used to describe a type of game characterized by Lawrence Schick in Heroic Worlds (1991) as a form of "quantified interactive storytelling". Here "quantified" refers to the fact that numerical rules are employed to simulate the fictional world depicted in the game, "interactive" to the players' use of created personas appropriate to that world to act within it, and "storytelling" to the way in which those players use the game to create a shared narrative. The term itself ...

Riggs, Ransom

(1979-    ) US author whose Young Adult Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children sequence, beginning with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011) [for further details see Checklist below], smoothly juxtaposes fantasy and Alternate World topoi in a long narrative depicting the trials and tribulations of young Jacob Portman, his disrupted family, Miss Peregrine across the Atlantic ...

Wilson, Colin

(1931-2013) UK author of speculative works, who remains best known for his first book, The Outsider (1956), in which he gave graphic expression to the brilliant autodidactism, the erratic system-building mentality, the tendency to treat himself (and a previous few others) as a natural elite, and the voracity for new mental sensations that would mark the very numerous titles he would produce over the next several decades, many of them of some indirect interest to sf and fantasy ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...



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