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Frost, Jason

A Zebra Books House Name, used almost exclusively by US author Raymond Obstfeld for the Warlord sequence of Post-Holocaust sf adventures typical in theme and style of most Survivalist Fiction of the 1980s: The Warlord (1983), The Warlord #2: The Cutthroat (1984), The Warlord #3: Badland (1984), The Warlord #4: Prisonland (1985) and The Warlord #5: Terminal Island (1985). The final instalment, The Warlord #6: Killer's Keep (1987), was by Rich Rainey writing as Jason Frost. A singleton film tie, ...

Role Playing Game

Term used to describe a type of game characterized by Lawrence Schick in Heroic Worlds (1991) as a form of "quantified interactive storytelling". Here "quantified" refers to the fact that numerical rules are employed to simulate the fictional world depicted in the game, "interactive" to the players' use of created personas appropriate to that world to act within it, and "storytelling" to the way in which those players use the game to create a shared narrative. The term itself postdates the ...

Michel, Louise

(1830-1905) French teacher, anarchist and author, imprisoned in 1871 and deported in 1873 for her unyielding dedication to the principles that inspired the Communards during the siege of Paris 1870-1871, returning to France in 1880 as a convinced anarchist and Feminist; she was frequently imprisoned in later years, which she spent partly in exile in London; her funeral in Marseille was attended by a vast crowd. Her sf consists of the first two volumes of a projected loose Future History series, ...

Kuroma Hisashi

Working name of Japanese translator Hiroshi Sakuma (1951-1993), who had a profound impact on the sf genre as it appears to modern Japanese readers. A graduate in Law from the prestigious Tokyo University, he became a commercials director for Dentsū before drifting into translation and occasional criticism initially under the pen-name Seiki Shirakawa. / Kuroma's translations clustered around a group of authors whose works were suffused with neologisms or complex concepts, including K W ...

Slavnikova, Ol'ga

(1957-    ) Russian author whose Near Future Satire, 2017 (2006; trans Marian Schwartz 2010), set one century after the Russian Revolution, depicts in exorbitant terms the costs of rampant "freedom", including naked capitalism at its most exploitative, Disasters looming from unchecked Climate Change, Paranoia-justifying conspiracies which if successful will deepen the damage to Russian society and the world. Landscapes are described with elegiac force. [JC]

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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