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Eldridge, Roger

(1944-2007) UK journalist, scriptwriter, editor, photo agency executive and author whose first sf book, for Young Adult readers, was The Shadow of the Gloom-World (1977), set in a Pocket Universe located Underground in a Post-Holocaust future, and featuring a winningly rebellious young protagonist. His second, The Fishers of Darksea ...

Conrad, Peter

(1948-    ) Australian teacher and author, in UK since 1968, where he has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford since 1973. His best nonfiction focuses on music and film; his one novel of sf interest, Underworld (1992), focuses on the metaphysics of urban life in the context of a City located, as far as can be told, in the midst of an abstractly envisioned Ruined Earth. Baroque twists of plot, and ...

Pink Floyd

Prodigiously successful and influential UK supergroup, founded in the mid 1960s by bassist Roger Waters (1943-    ), drummer Nick Mason (1944-    ), keyboard player Rick Wright (1943-2008) and eccentric singer-guitarist Syd Barrett (1946-2006). This first incarnation of the band (identified by fans as "The Syd Barrett years") was characterized by a series of notable psychedelic and often drug-influenced live performances, mostly jazz-influenced rock ...

Borges, Jorge Luis

(1899-1986) Argentine poet, essayist, librarian and short-story author, a central figure of Latin American literature for the sixty years of his active career, which he pursued solely in Argentina, though he was partly raised in Switzerland and took his university degree there; his influence extended through poetry; very numerous reviews and seminal essays, which covered almost all of Western literature; as well as his fiction. ...

Golden Heroes

Role Playing Game (1984). Games Workshop (GW). Designed by Simon Burley, Peter Haines. / Golden Heroes, like Villains and Vigilantes (1979) and Champions (1981), is an early Role Playing Game with a Superhero theme. Its mechanics are generally well designed and closely match the ...

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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