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Lanier, Sterling E

(1927-2007) US editor and author. Lanier did six years' graduate work at the School of Anthropology and Archeology at the University of Pennsylvania before working as an editor, mainly for Chilton Books for periods during 1961-1967; after several trade publishers had refused the book because of its great length (215,000 words), he persuaded the firm to publish Frank Herbert's Dune (fixup 1965). He subsequently turned freelance, working as a sculptor and jeweller, and as a writer. / His ...

Dig, The

Videogame (1995). LucasArts. Designed by Sean Clark, Brian Moriarty. Platforms: DOS (1995); Mac (1996); Win (2002). / The Dig is a graphical Adventure game using a point and click interface, based on an idea by Steven Spielberg which combined the haunted world of Forbidden Planet with the tense relationships of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). Dialogue was contributed by Orson Scott Card. The game's tone is more serious than that of previous LucasArts Adventures such as Maniac ...

Farmer, Geoffrey Norton

(1881-1937) Welsh author of whom little is known beyond Quella (1914), an sf tale featuring a Mad Scientist whose plot to drug humanity into submitting to his rule comes to grief when those he has addicted run riot after supplies have been interrupted. [JC]

Wittig, Monique

(1935-2003) French author, in US from 1976, whose first novel with sf interest, Les Guérillères (1969; trans David Le Vay as The Guérillères 1971), transforms the arguments of Feminism into a series of narrative litanies that work movingly to describe an abstract "tribe" of lesbian Amazons in a constant state of warfare with their natural enemy; the novel balances Equipoisally between sf (when its images are taken literally) and poetry. In Virgile, Non (1985; trans ...

Sinclair, David

(?   -    ) US author of a Young Adult Space Opera, The Gilead Bomb (1963), apparently intended to launch a series to be known as "Ace Astro and the Star Rovers"; Ace and the lads have adventures on the Moon. No further volumes appeared. [JC]

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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