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Terrell, Heather

(1969-    ) US lawyer and author, initially of historical romances, then of Young Adult paranormal romances, and more recently of the Books of Eva sequence beginning with Relic (2013), set initially in an Arctic Near Future Dystopian City after a great Disaster has transformed the world into a Ruined Earth; the young protagonist, haunted by her twin brother's death but preoccupied by two vying youthful suitors, must undergo the Test, which involves a foray into the ...

Petty, John

(1919-1973) UK author, variously employed until he began publishing in 1957. The Last Refuge (1966) is a Post-Holocaust novel set in an oppressive, grey, Dystopian England that provides no refuge for the protagonist-writer. [JC]

Clarke's Laws

Three Laws – more accurately, guidelines – for sf authors and other practitioners of Futures Studies or Prediction, stated by Arthur C Clarke in Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry into the Limits of the Possible (1962; rev 1973; rev 1984; rev 2000): / 1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. / 2. The only way of discovering the ...

FTL: Faster Than Light

Videogame (2012). Subset Games. Platforms: Win, Mac, Lin, iOS. / FTL: Faster Than Light is a Roguelike videogame in which the player pilots a rebel spacecraft, The Kestrel, through a number of galaxies in order to deliver vital information to a Galactic Federation that lies eight sectors away. / The game is a top-down strategy and management resource game (in "top-down" games, the player looks directly down on the action of the game in cross-section). The player gradually accumulates ...

Sanderson, Brandon

(1975-    ) US author, of considerable significance for his Heroic Fantasies [for this term and for Robert Jordan see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], coming to wide notice with his continuations of Jordan's Wheel of Time sequence and his own Mistborn sequence [neither listed below]. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Reckoners series beginning with Steelheart (2013), which is set in a Ruined Earth world in which radioactive action has created Superheroes, but ...

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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