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Wendland, Albert

(1948-    ) US academic and author whose first book, Science, Myth, and the Fictional Creation of Alien Worlds (1984), expands his 1979 doctoral thesis; his interest in the imaginative processes involved in shaping Alien environments informs his first novel, The Man Who Loved Alien Landscapes (1984), a Space Opera whose protagonist, threatened by the murder of several colleagues, embarks ...

Hyde, Christopher

(1949-    ) Canadian television interviewer and author, generally of Technothrillers, beginning with The Wave (1979) and continuing with titles like The Icarus Seal (1982) and Crestwood Heights (1988), the eponymous village under siege in the latter tale evoking Stephen King, Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives (1974), and even ...

Palumbo, Donald E

(1949-    ) US academic and author, married to the artist Julie Bell in the 1980s, father of the artist David Palumbo; he began to publish sf studies of interest with "Loving That Machine; Or, the Mechanical Egg: Sexual Mechanisms and Metaphors in Science Fiction Films" in The Mechanical God: Machines in Science Fiction (anth 1982) edited by Thomas P Dunn and Richard D Ehrlich. Following from ...

Choose Your Own Adventure

Gamebook series (from 1979). Bantam Books, Chooseco. Designed by Edward Packard, R A Montgomery. / Choose Your Own Adventure is a line of "variable plot" or "multiform" books for younger readers; the path taken through the text is determined entirely by choices made by the protagonist, without the Role Playing Game-like rule-based mechanics used in such series as ...

van Vogt, A E

(1912-2000) Canadian author, in the US from November 1944, when he was welcomed to California by the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society and made regular appearances at its meetings (see Fandom). He was born Alfred Vogt and legally changed this to Alfred Elton van Vogt during the process of applying for American citizenship in 1945. Van Vogt had not left his native land until his early thirties, and it is ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...



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