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Green, Jonathan

(1948-    ) UK teacher and author whose first works were Gamebooks in the Fighting Fantasy sequence for younger readers, but whose later works are of sf or fantasy interest, including Ties for both Warhammer, beginning with Warhammer: The Dead and the Damned (2002), and Warhammer 40,000, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Crusade for Armageddon (2003). In his own right, the Pax Britannia sequence, beginning with Pax Britannia: Unnatural History (2007), presents a sprightly ...

Adkins, Patrick H

(1948-2015) US author, editor, publisher and fan – once editor of the New Orleans SF Association Fanzine Nolazine – who began to publish fiction of genre interest with "Hunting the Dragonblood" in Chrysalis 9 (anth 1981) edited by Roy Torgeson. He is best known for his Titan fantasy trilogy, beginning with Lord of the Crooked Paths (1987) and retelling Greek Mythology. The Third Beast (2000) is a very Near Future work of Survivalist Fiction whose anthropologist hero sees Devolution ...

Blair, John

(1961-    ) US author and poet who began publishing sf with A Landscape of Darkness (1990), an sf adventure in which a mercenary on a colony planet must pit himself against an Alien who wears the guise of a Japanese warrior. Though a plot of this sort offers many opportunities for action routines, Blair generally avoids the temptation. His second novel, Bright Angel (1992), similarly concentrates upon the complex psychology of a central figure invested with human responses ...

Accel World

Japanese animated tv series (2012). Original title Akuseru Wārudo. Based on the Light Novels by Reki Kawahara. Sunrise. Written by Hiroyuki Yoshino. Directed by Masakazu Ohara (as Masakazu Obara). Voice cast includes Shintaro Asanuma, Rina Hidaka, Yuuki Kaji, Sanae Kobayashi, Sachika Misawa, Nobuo Tobita and Aki Toyosaki. 24 24-minute episodes, plus eight shorts and two OVAs. Colour. / In the Near Future of 2046, Haruyuki Arita (Kaji) is thirteen, short and fat; bullied at his Tokyo ...

Psychonauts

Videogame (2005). Double Fine Productions. Designed by Tim Schafer. Platforms: PS2, Win, XBox. / Psychonauts is a three-dimensional platform game (see Videogames) with a strong linear story and vividly drawn characters. The game's fictional world is informed by an absurdist sense of humour similar to the one seen in Ben Edlund's Superhero Comic The Tick (1988-1994) (see The Tick) and the animated series Invader Zim (2001-2002, 2006); the visual design is often reminiscent of the work of ...

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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