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Price, Grant

(1987-    ) UK translator and author resident in Germany whose first sf novel, By the Feet of Men (2019), is set mostly in a Near Future northern Europe after the sudden domino effects of Climate Change have devastated the planet. Its two protagonists embark on a hegira from Germany to Italy to deliver medical supplies to a Keep containing scientists attempting to retro-engineer the Disaster that has come close to bringing about the End of the World. Their adventures and ...

Griffin, Sercombe

(1878-1943) UK chemist and author of Young Adult adventures for boys, of which at least two are of sf interest: Within the Golden Globe (1934), a Lost Race tale set in sixteenth-century Asia, where an Elixir of Life (see Immortality) is discovered; and The Crimson Caterpillar (1935), which also features a Lost Race, set in this case in the Sahara, and reachable by airplane. [JC]

Bornstein, Kate

(1948-    ) US performance artist, playwright and author whose Nearly Roadkill: An Infobahn Erotic Adventure (1996) with Caitlin Sullivan is an sf tale whose two protagonists meet in a Near Future Cyberspace where in theory they can play sophisticatedly with their own and others' gender identities (see Feminism; Sex; Women in SF); but the net has succumbed to government tyranny. In response they foment and lead a successful insurgency against oppression. Bornstein's initial ...

Scaevola, Peter

(?   -    ) US author of '68: A Novel of Presidential Politics (1964), set in Near Future America where a demagogic candidate exploits racism, anti-semitism and a range of fundamentalist Paranoias in his bid to become president. [JC]

Defender

Videogame (1980). Williams Electronics (WE). Designed by Eugene Jarvis, Larry DeMar. Platforms: Arcade, Others. / Defender is a two-dimensional arcade game (see Videogames) in which the player flies a small spaceship over a planet, defending the humanoids who live on its surface from various types of invading Aliens. The main display scrolls horizontally across the planetary surface to keep the player in the centre of the screen, while an overview of the whole world is shown at the top of ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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