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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Clarke, Neil

(1966-    ) US magazine editor and anthologist, best known for publishing and editing the award-winning Clarkesworld, which had its first issue as an Online Magazine October 2006 and is now available in print and other forms. The magazine won the Hugo for Semiprozine in 2010, 2011 and 2013; a ...


Videogame (1998). Blizzard Entertainment (BE). Designed by James Phinney, Chris Metzen. Platforms: Win (1998); Mac (1999); vt Starcraft 64, N64 (2000). / Starcraft is a Real Time Strategy game, played in a two-dimensional overhead view. Its setting owes much to the films Aliens (1986) and Predator (1987). ...

Hinton, Craig

(1964-2006) UK scriptwriter and author, of most interest for his work on various parts of the Doctor Who universe; he was a noted fan writer of reviews and other work connected to that universe. His Doctor Who Ties include Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures: The Crystal Bucephalus (1994), Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures: Millennial Rites (1995), Doctor Who: The New Adventures: GodEngine ...


An archipelago is a cluster of Islands or Cities or Polders sufficiently intersective to make up a whole larger than the parts, but free from the plethoric incessancy that can lock down the mise-en-scène of a tale set inescapably in some single land [for Polders see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below.] As should become evident, the term archipelago is ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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