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Muller, Julius W

(1867-1930) US author, probably born George Washington Muller. His lightly fictionalized Future War text, The Invasion of America: A Fact Story Based on the Inexorable Mathematics of War (1916), describes a successful Near Future Invasion of America by a European coalition dominated by Germany. [JC]

Galactic Civilizations

Videogame (2003). Stardock. Designed by Bradley Wardell. Platforms: Win. / Galactic Civilizations is a descendant of Master of Orion (1993), a turn-based 4X Game played on a two-dimensional galactic map. Its design is based on that of an earlier and less well known version, Galactic Civilizations (1994 Stardock, OS2) designed by Bradley Wardell. As in Master of Orion, the player expands their civilization into a Space Opera galaxy, colonizing new planets, developing their scientific ...


Early item of Terminology coined by Hugo Gernsback as a contraction of "scientific fiction" and thus defined by him in the first issue of Amazing Stories in April 1926 (see Definitions of SF). Gernsback dated his original coinage of the word to 1915, most probably referring to its appearance (in italics) in the opening paragraph of "Thought Transmission on Mars" (January 1916 Electrical Experimenter), the eighth episode of his Baron Muenchhausen's Scientific Adventures sequence. In 1924 he had ...

Jones, Eddie

(1935-1999) Working name of British illustrator Edward John Jones, who also published artwork as S Fantoni (a pseudonym which he used for Star Trek book covers) and "Eddie". One of Britain's most prolific sf artists, Jones was also one of the few in the field to be self-taught. After building a minor reputation as a fan artist, Jones began working professionally in 1957 with some interior art for Nebula Science Fiction and New Worlds; a year later, he painted the first of three covers for ...

Lampton, Chris

(1950-    ) US author who began writing sf with "The Most Dangerous Man in the World" for Void in 1975 with David F Bischoff, also collaborating with Bischoff on his first novel, The Seeker (1976); he continued his short active career with two further competent sf adventures, Cross of Empire (1976) and Gateway to Limbo (1979). [JC]

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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