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Broster, D K

(1877-1950) UK author of historical and weird fiction, noted within the fantasy genre for Couching at the Door (coll 1942) and for "Clairvoyance" in A Fire of Driftwood (coll 1932). Her evocatively titled World under Snow (1935) with G Forester is not sf, although sometimes listed as such, but a murder mystery with a winter setting. [JE] see also: Fantasy Entries. /


Known usually by its acronym, the Offtrail Magazine Publishers Association (1954-1978 or 1979) was an APA formed in the UK by Kenneth Bulmer and A Vincent Clarke, whose founder members included Chuck Harris. OMPA was modelled on FAPA, and was likewise created to facilitate distribution of Fanzines published by and for ...

Master of Orion

Videogame (1993). Simtex. Designed by Steve Barcia. Platforms: DOS (1993); Mac (1995). / Master of Orion is a turn-based 4X Game, played on a two-dimensional galactic map. Its gameplay is a development of that seen in such earlier games as Reach for the Stars (1983). The central conceit is that a number of species are simultaneously beginning to expand into ...

Long, Charles R

(1904-1978) US author whose two routine sf novels are Infinite Brain (1957) and The Eternal Man (1964). Both are filled with action, the first on a distant planet, the second on an Earth where Immortality is shared by both humans and Aliens. [JC]

Space Adventures [comic]

US Comic (1952-1964, 1967). Charlton Comics. 59 issues (numbered #1-#21, #22-#60). Artists include Jon D'Agostino, Steve Ditko, Dick Giordano, Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio and Bill Molno. Most of the scripts were by Joe Gill. Usually 4-6 sf comic strips per issue and a two page text short-story (plus occasional one-page non-fiction strips). #60 was published in 1967, three ...

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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