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Woltor, Robert

(?   -?   ) US author of a Yellow Peril tale, A Short and Truthful History of the Taking of California and Oregon by the Chinese in the Year AD 1899 (1882), constructed in the form of a Future History which recounts the Chinese naval Invasion of San Francisco (see California); by 1899, China, aided by immigrant Fifth ...

North, Edmund H

(1911-1990) US screenwriter and author, who adapted Harry Bates's "Farewell to the Master" (October 1940 Astounding) into a script for The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). His only sf novel of interest is a Tie, Meteor (1979) with Franklin Coen, novelizing the feature film ...

Multi User Dungeon

Term used to describe a type of Videogame in which many players adopt the roles of characters they have created in the same persistent Online World. Many variants exist, but the most common forms are those which emphasize exploration and adventure in the manner of a combat-oriented Computer Role Playing Game and those which are focused on social interaction and enabling their users to ...

Crick, Donald

(1916-2005) Australian author, the last of his five novels being The Moon to Play With (1981), an sf Satire with a fairly mild touch. [JC]

Brown, Pierce

(1988-    ) US author whose Red Rising sequence, comprising Red Rising (2014), Golden Son (2015) and Morning Star (2016), soon proves more interesting than its Young Adult Dystopia trappings might hint. The tale is set on Mars, where society is divided into castes according to imposed colour branding [for Colour-Coding, as more usually ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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