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Archer, Alex

A House Name used by the Gold Eagle imprint of Harlequin Books (Toronto, Ontario) for the Rogue Angel sequence of contemporary action-adventure fantasy/supernatural thrillers about the explorations of multi-talented female archaeologist Annja Creed. Distantly reminiscent of Lara Croft in the Third Person Shooter Videogame Tomb Raider (1996), she encounters a wide spectrum of tropes that includes Mad Scientists, Monsters, Mythology, Supernatural Creatures and Vampires. Authors with entries in ...

Zajdel, Janusz A

(1938-1985) Polish author, one of the three most important figures in Polish science fiction of the post-war era, who partly recognized, partly created and defined, and eventually occupied a literary territory that allowed him, along with some other writers, to create social Dystopias critical of the gross perversions and pathologies of the Polish communist state, and by extension totalitarianism in general, without exposing himself to the closer attention of the authorities and his work to ...

Wismer, Don

(1946-    ) US author who began publishing sf with Starluck (1982), a competent sf adventure. Warrior Planet (1987) combines sf and fantasy elements in the story of an interstellar conflict between wizards and thieves. Planet of the Dead (1988) rather more convincingly sets a cadre of Psi-Powered samurai warriors in pursuit of an interstellar Drug gang. The author's fourth novel, A Roil of Stars (1991), was followed by a long silence until he returned to sf with Lion in the ...

Dig, The

Videogame (1995). LucasArts. Designed by Sean Clark, Brian Moriarty. Platforms: DOS (1995); Mac (1996); Win (2002). / The Dig is a graphical Adventure game using a point and click interface, based on an idea by Steven Spielberg which combined the haunted world of Forbidden Planet with the tense relationships of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). Dialogue was contributed by Orson Scott Card. The game's tone is more serious than that of previous LucasArts Adventures such as Maniac ...

Kerruish, Jessie Douglas

(1884-1949) UK author, initially of romances with fantasy elements [see also The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and also of numerous short stories from around 1910, several of them assembled later as Babylonian Nights' Entertainment: A Selection of Narratives from the Text of Certain Undiscovered Cuneiform Tablets (coll 1934). Of some sf interest is her Werewolf tale, The Undying Monster: A Tale of the Fifth Dimension (1922), which provides a semblance of scientific rationale for ...

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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