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Arrow, William

A House Name used by Ballantine Books for the Return to the Planet of the Apes Ties, based not on the Planet of the Apes films but on the later animated Television series. William Rotsler wrote #1 Visions from Nowhere (1976) and #3 Man, the Hunted Animal (1976); Donald J Pfeil wrote #2, Escape from Terror Lagoon (1976). [DRL]

Warburton, Nick

(1947-    ) UK dramatist, screenwriter and author one of whose first plays, Zartan (1988) is a Parody of the Tarzan universe, in which young Zartan falls from a plane and is raised by ants; it was turned into a Young Adult tale as Zartan as Told to Nick Warburton by Armpits the Second (1988 chap). Many of Warburton's later plays contain fantasy elements, including The Droitwich Discovery (1996), in which the ghost of Shakespeare's brother claims to be the author of the ...

Call of Cthulhu

Role Playing Game (1981). Chaosium. Designed by Sandy Petersen. / Call of Cthulhu is an authorized interpretation of H P Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos in the role playing medium. The core game, set in the 1920s, effectively reflects the central concerns of the Mythos stories, with some variations. Lovecraft's work typically confronts a lone protagonist with inhuman horror, while the requirements of a Role Playing Game mean that in Chaosium's version a team of investigators will normally be ...

Artemis Magazine

US professional Print Magazine which ran some additional material on its website (now defunct). Published by LRC Publications, Brooklyn, in association with DNA Publications, edited by Ian Randal Strock, and planned as a quarterly (but only met that schedule for the first three issues), it saw eight letter-size issues between Spring 2000 and Winter (January) 2003. Artemis was a magazine with a mission. It was part of the Artemis Project, founded in 1993 by Gregory Bennett and the subject of an ...

Harbinson, W Allen

(1941-    ) UK author who has published at least twenty-five combat novels, none of them with fantastic content, as by Shaun Clarke, and who under his own name is best known for his exercises in the sf of Paranoia, most of this material based on the notion that our planet – either at the ultimate behest of Aliens or of a Pariah Elite of humans – is investigating or governing us, or both. The Projekt Saucer sequence – in order of internal chronology, Projekt ...

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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