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Logan, Charles

(1930-    ) UK author, and nurse for the mentally handicapped. Shipwreck (1975) won the 1975 Gollancz/Sunday Times sf contest jointly with Chris Boyce's Catchworld (1975). Calmly and inexorably, it tells the story of the inevitable death of a man whose Spaceship lands disabled on a planet orbiting Capella; the Ecology he is faced with is inimical to human survival. That this grim anti-Robinsonade telegraphs the most likely outcome of such an occurrence from the outset has ...

Mills, Robert E

(1938-    ) US author, mostly of Westerns, who began writing sf with the Fellowship of Light Space Opera sequence, comprising Star Quest (1978), Star Fighters (1978) and Star Force (1978), in which the Fellowship of Light (which is good) saves the galaxy from the Death Legion (which is not). Under the Eye of Night (1980) is a novel of the occult. [JC]


Role Playing Game (1984). R Talsorian Games (RTG). Designed by Michael Pondsmith. / Mekton is a game designed to simulate a very specific form of fiction, that of Anime series focusing on giant Robots, or Mecha. Prominent examples of the genre include Bubblegum Crisis (1987-1991), Super Dimensional Fortress Macross (1982-1983), Gundam Wing (1995-1996) (see Mobile Suit Gundam) and Mobile Police Patlabor (1988-1989). Mecha and their pilots share much with the Superheroes of Western Comics; ...

Larson, Rich

(1992-    ) Nigerian author, currently in Canada, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Every So Often" (dated 2011 for untraced release; in Datafall: Collected Speculative Fiction coll 2012 ebook); Tomorrow Factory: Collected Fiction (coll 2018) carefully assembles a further instalment of his numerous stories. He is now perhaps best known for The Violet Wars sequence beginning with Annex (2018), in which a high-tech Alien civilization effortlessly invades Earth ...

Zelman, Aaron

(1946-2010) US author who collaborated on two sf novels with Libertarian themes: Rebelfire: Out of the Gray Zone (2005) with Claire Wolfe and Hope (2008) with L Neil Smith. He should not be confused with the television producer Aaron Zelman (1973-    ). [JC]

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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