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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

O'Leary, Patrick

(1952-    ) US author whose studiously Equipoisal first novel, Door Number Three (1995), much expands the 1990s American venue of its beginning: a therapist is the inventor of a Time Machine and brings back knowledge of Earth's grim Post-Holocaust Near Future whose main inhabitants seem to be a new race – possibly ...

Pantropy

This useful item of sf Terminology was coined by James Blish in the stories later melded together as The Seedling Stars (fixup 1957). Blish's view was that in humanity's Colonization of Other Worlds (which see for further discussion), we must either change the planet to make it habitable (Terraforming) or change humanity itself to fit ...

Starweb

Board and counter Wargame (1976). Flying Buffalo. Designed by Rick Loomis. / Starweb is a Play by Mail (and, more recently, Play by Email) strategy game which, like Stellar Conquest (1974), includes many of the features later seen in 4X Games. Every player begins the game as absolute ruler of a species which ...

Norton, Roy

(1869-1942) US author of many Westerns and some sf, beginning with The Vanishing Fleets (serialized at various dates during 1907 Associated Sunday Magazines; 1908), a Yellow Peril tale in which America is saved by a two scientists – father and daughter – who establish a Pax Aeronautica through the Invention of super "radioplanes" ...

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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