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Dark Conspiracy

Role Playing Game (1991). Game Developers' Workshop (GDW). Designed by Lester Smith. / The world of Dark Conspiracy is one of disintegration, in which both society and reality have begun to collapse. It is set in a twenty-first century where, as in Dark Future (1988), economic failure and ecological breakdown have led to political fragmentation; the superpowers of the previous century have broken up into patchwork quilts of minor states, struggling for dominance with newly powerful ...

Frahm, Leanne

(1946-    ) Australian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Wood for the Trees" for Chrysalis 6 (anth 1979) edited by Roy Torgeson, and who collected further sf and fantasy stories in Borderline (coll 1996); her sf is perhaps less idiomatic than her other work, though a later story like "Rain Season" (Fall 1998 Eidolon) – which focuses on the denial behaviour of an obsessed protagonist in a world gradually being overwhelmed by an ecological ...

Mathison, Volney G

(1897-1965) US chiropractor, inventor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with The Radiobuster: Being Some of the Adventures of Samuel Jones, Deep Sea Wireless Operator (stories 1922-1923 Radio; coll of linked stories 1924), which incorporates a trip to Mars in the episode entitled "The Martian Marvel". Other Sam Jones stories included further work for Radio plus "Sam Jones, Radio Tube Bootlegger" (July 1926 Radio News) and "The Mongolians Ray" (June 1929 Amazing Stories). ...

Womack, Marian

(1975-    ) Spanish translator, editor and author, married to James Womack, now mostly resident in the UK; she writes in both Spanish and English, her first work of genre interest being "Nox Una" in Aquelarre (anth 2010) edited by Pablo Mazo Agüero and Antonio Rómar; in her own translation, "Nox Una" was included in The Silent Garden: A Journal of Esoteric Fabulism (anth 2018) edited anonymously. Her earlier work – the stories assembled as Lost Objects ...

Rousseau, Yvonne

(1945-2021) Australian author, editor and critic whose first published fiction of genre interest was "The Truth About Oscar" (22 December 1981 The Bulletin; in Matilda at the Speed of Light, anth 1988, ed Damien Broderick). Her The Murders at Hanging Rock (1980; exp 1988) is a remarkable jeux-d'esprit study of Picnic at Hanging Rock (1967) by Joan Lindsay, whose four mutually incompatible approaches to the novel's central mystery include analyses in terms of classical detective fiction, ...

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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