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Maughan, Tim

(?   -    ) Scottish journalist and author now resident in Canada, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Havana Augmented" in Ergosphere (anth 2010) edited by Rick Novy; Paintwork (coll 2011), assembles three post-Cyberpunk stories dominated by Maughan's exceedingly alert sense of twenty-first developments in online Technology (see Internet) and the Media Landscape in general. He then wrote a short film, the Near Future In the Robot Skies (2016) ...

Brown, Charles N

(1937-2009) US publisher and editor, an sf fan who began his involvement in the field in the 1950s and who remains best known for co-founding (with Ed Meskys and Dave Vanderwerf) and running the sf news magazine Locus in 1968, initially as a Fanzine (see Newszines) addressed primarily to fans in the Boston, Massachusetts area; but eventually expanding its remit until it became the default organ of record and source of reliable information for and about the entire field: dispensing news, ...

Koster, Raph

(1971-    ) US Game designer who has primarily worked on persistent Online Worlds. Koster's first major contributions were made to the free-to-play Heroic Fantasy Multi User Dungeon LegendMUD (1994 Mainframe, Net), of which he was one of the designers. He was later hired as lead designer for Ultima Online (1997), the first commercially successful Western Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, and subsequently for Star Wars: Galaxies (2003). Koster's designs have ...

Dexter, William

Pseudonym of UK author William Thomas Pritchard (1906-1985), whose two sf novels make up the short Denis Grafton series, in which concerns about the End of the World through nuclear World War Three are articulated, fairly incoherently, via a metaphysical Space Opera plot. In World of Eclipse (1954), after life on Earth has been eliminated by a "thorium" bomb, a few humans who had been kept for observation on the planet of the Vulcanids begin to repopulate a devastated Earth; but nothing is ...

Waddell, Patricia

(?   -    ) US accountant and author, usually of historical romances, whose Blood sequence beginning with True Blood (2006) involves its Space Opera cast – an empathic investigator and a ruthless field agent – in interstellar romantic entanglements. Two singletons are also of sf interest: The Alliance (2000), involving a reluctant romance between the Alien governor of the planet Pyrali and his human consort, a descendant of crash-landed migrants; ...

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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