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Rossmann, John F

(1942-    ) US author of the Mind Masters sequence, beginning with The Mind Masters (1974), in which a Vietnam vet, whose ESP powers have been activated by trauma, joins a secret organization whose goal is to prevent the powers-that-be from subverting research into paranormal phenomena; as the series progresses, Equipoisal shifts between sf and supernatural horror weaken its occasional strengths. The last two volumes were as by Ian Ross. [JC]

Vance, Steve

Working name of US author Steven Edward Vance (1952-    ), who has since the late 1980s focused largely on horror novels, though he began writing with some unremarkable but competently conceived sf adventures, including Planet of the Gawfs (1977), a Planetary Romance intended to be comic; All the Shattered Worlds (1980), a Space Opera; and The Hybrid (1981), an Apes as Human/Mutant tale. Later novels include The Hyde Effect (1986); The Asgard Run (1990), about a shipwrecked ...

Mantley, John

(1920-2003) Canadian-born US screenwriter and producer whose Near Future sf novel, The Twenty-Seventh Day (1956; rev 1956), features Galactic Federation Aliens who give each of five humans from opposing countries an invincible weapon in 1963 to see what they do with them. The novel was filmed – from the US version, which has a revised ending – as The 27th Day (1957). Mantley wrote teleplays for The Outer Limits and The Wild, Wild West, and for years worked as a producer on Gunsmoke; ...

Interactive Narrative

The outcome of any given game is inherently uncertain, since it must be possible to win or lose (or, in the case of Toy Games, to play at will). Yet stories, as normally understood, should have a beginning, a middle and an end, and only one of each. Games which include stories – referred to in this encyclopedia as Interactive Narratives – have thus proved difficult to design. There has also been considerable debate as to whether it is desirable, or even possible, that games have ...

Anders, Agnetha

(?   -    ) UK author of whom nothing is known beyond her authorship of the Pleasurehouse sequence of erotic sf novels, set in a class-ridden Near Future Britain, and comprising Pleasurehouse 13 (1991) and The Last Days of the Pleasurehouse (1992). [JC]

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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