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Millers, Reinhold

(?   -    ) US author of a metaphysical sf tale, Time Exile (1972), whose protagonist is exiled to a tiny Island for thousands of years, until a "Time Patrol" (see Time Police) comes upon him. [JC]

Goldin, Stephen

(1947-    ) US author, married to Kathleen Sky 1972-1982, and to Mary Mason from 1987. He began publishing sf with "The Girls on USSF 193" for If in December 1965 and was runner-up for a Nebula for Best Short Story with "The Last Ghost" (in Protostars, anth 1971, ed David Gerrold & Stephen Goldin). After co-editing (anonymously) several anthologies with David Gerrold, he published some stereotyped adventures for Laser Books, beginning with Herds (1975), but soon became ...

Mutants and Masterminds

Role Playing Game (2002). Green Ronin Publishing (GRP). Designed by Steve Kenson. / Mutants and Masterminds is a generic Superhero RPG, a descendant of Champions (1981). While the system is based on d20 (2000), significant changes have been made to adapt the rules to a Superhero milieu. As a result, the game makes use of the "Open Gaming License" but not of the full d20 trademark, an approach which has become increasingly popular as disputes over the terms of the d20 license have become ...

Robertson, Tim

(1944-    ) UK-born Australian actor and screenwriter whose Mary Shelley: (A Smoked Opera for the Quick and the Dead) (1983) is a script of sf interest (see Mary Shelley). [JC]

Ward, Joy

(?   -    ) US author of the Young Adult Haint: A Tale of Extraterrestrial Intervention and Love Across Time and Space (2005), in which after aeons of mutual adaptation, survivors of doglike Aliens (who have become domestic canines) and Homo sapiens roam the Ruined Earth, which has been devastated by Climate Change. The eponymous Weimeramer narrates. [JC]

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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