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Cooke, Arthur

Collaborative pseudonym used on "The Psychological Regulator" (March 1941 Comet) by C M Kornbluth, Robert Lowndes, John B Michel, Elsie Balter (1910-1996) – later Elsie Wollheim – and Donald A Wollheim. [JC] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Jeapes, Ben

(1965-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Digital Cats Come Out Tonight" (in Digital Dreams, anth 1990, ed David V Barrett), and who has since published frequently in Interzone. His novels have been directed to Young Adult markets, and include the His Majesty's Spaceship sequence comprising His Majesty's Spaceship (1998; vt The Ark 2000) and The Xenocide Mission (2002), in which a generally rational human race is brought into an intergalactic ...


Videogame (1998). Valve. Platforms: Win (1998); rev PS2 (2001). / Half-Life is a First Person Shooter, notable for its depth of narrative immersion (see Game Design). It was the first FPS in which a storyline was presented without the use of non-interactive scenes interposed between levels set in different locations. Instead, the story is integrated with the gameplay, using such techniques as overheard conversations and prescripted events triggered by player actions. While the storyline ...

Kenin, Millea

(1942-1992) US editor, publisher, anthologist, poet and author active in Fandom, who began to release stories of genre interest with "The Knight of the Road" in Potboiler for February 1982. Under her birth name Millea Levin she was founder-editor of the Poetry journal Sciamachy (1960-1964), contributors with entries in this encyclopedia including John Clute and Thomas M Disch. As Kenin, she was founder-editor of Owlflight (which see), whose five issues appeared from 1981 to 1986. Her Anthology ...

Plan 9 from Outer Space

Film (1959). Reynolds Pictures. Written and directed by Edward D Wood Jr. Cast includes Criswell, Tor Johnson, Bela Lugosi, Vampira (Maila Nurmi) and Gregory Walcott. 79 minutes. Black and white. / Enduringly strange B-picture mixing UFOs and Zombies in a free-associating quasi-plot about Alien visitants reanimating the dead in an attempt to warn humanity about the cosmic destructive powers of an imminent post-Nuclear Energy technology which threatens to convert the Sun into a Holocaust ...

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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