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Meyer, Nicholas

(1945-    ) US screenwriter and sometime director, known especially for Time After Time (1979), for his work on the original-series phase of the Star Trek film cycle, and latterly for his screen adaptations of non-sf works by Philip Roth. Beginning as a publicist, in which capacity he wrote a making-of book for Love Story (1971), he made an amusing debut as a screenwriter on the exploitation feature Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973) before finding success as an accidental ...

Fate of the World

Videogame (2011). Red Redemption (RR). Designed by Gobion Rowlands, Ian Roberts, Amy O'Neil. Platforms: Mac, Win (2011); rev vt Fate of the World: Tipping Point (2012). / Fate of the World is an Independent Game, created in the UK, which simulates the effects – physical, economic and political – of Climate Change. Its design is essentially that of a God Game; it resembles such "kingdom simulators" as the prototypal Hamurabi (also known as The Sumer Game), but with its scope ...

Ray, James

Pseudonym of New Zealand-born lexicographer, editor and author Eric Partridge (1894-1979), in Australia from 1907, serving during World War One in the Australian infantry, his combat experiences recast in the nonfantastic tales assembled as Glimpses (coll 1928) as by Corrie Denison; in UK after the war. Under his own name, Partridge was famous as a lexicographer, his best known non-reference titles probably being Usage and Abusage: A Guide to Good English (1942; rev 1947) and Shakespeare's ...

Hoover, H M

(1935-2018) US author, all of whose novels of sf interest have been written for the Young Adult market or as Children's SF for younger readers. The first of these were Children of Morrow (1973) and its sequel, Treasures of Morrow (1976), a Ruined Earth sequence which, in describing a reactionary state and its pro-Technology successor, plumps cautiously for the latter; the books demonstrate a smoothly searching style and a grasp of character. Hoover soon showed her competence with a wide range ...

LeVay, Simon

(1943-    ) UK author of Albrick's Gold (1998), an sf Satire in which a "cure" for homosexual Sex impulses is introduced by a homophobe. [JC]

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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