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Fantasy Modeling

Letter-size saddle-stapled magazine. Six quarterly issues Fall 1980 to Winter 1981 from O'Quinn Publishing. Editor: unknown. / This short-lived companion to Cinemagic specialized in how-to articles on building sf, fantasy and Sword and Sorcery hobby kits and dioramas, together with some material on Games. Several artists contributed, by far the best-known being Boris Vallejo. The final two issues contained an early article on designing figures with a Computer. Unfortunately, Fantasy ...

Cole, Walter R

(1933-2002) US sf fan and bibliographer, compiler of A Checklist of Science-Fiction Anthologies (1964), reissued in facsimile – it was originally stencilled – by Arno Press in 1975. Though it has now been superseded and updated by William Contento's indexes of Anthologies, it is remembered as one of the essential pioneering efforts in Bibliography undertaken by sf Fandom. [PN/JC]

Martin, Stuart

(1881-1947) Scottish journalist and author of fiction for boys, active from about 1919, his first long tale being "Pirates of the Main" (5 January-5 April 1924 The Scout). "Devilman of the Deep" (7 April-26 May 1934 Scoops), published anonymously and not collected in book form, features adventures amid a civilization Under the Sea whose Power Source is volcanic energy. When the Great Apes Came (8 November 1933-17 February 1934 Magnet; 1935 chap) is an Apes as Human tale. [JC/RR/DRL] see ...

Tearne, Roma

(1954-    ) Sri Lankan-born painter and author, in UK from 1964; most of her fiction is nonfantastic, her first two novels, Mosquito (2007) and Bone China (2008) in particular focusing on the land of her birth. The sense of loss and irretrievable distance that mark these tales also governs, from a different line of sight, her sf novel The White City (2017), set in a Near Future London where, decades after Climate Change has fixed the UK into an anomalous ice age, the snow ...

Mass Effect

Videogame (2007). BioWare. Designed by Casey Hudson, Preston Watamaniuk. Platforms: XB360 (2007); Win (2008). / Mass Effect is a Computer Role Playing Game which employs a three-dimensional third-person view. The setting is Space Opera; in the twenty-second century humanity is expanding into a galaxy populated by many diverse alien civilizations, using technology obtained from Forerunner artefacts discovered on Mars. The various species each have their own "racial personalities", in the ...

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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