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Mayer, Andrew P

(1965-    ) US Videogame designer and author of the Society of Steam sequence, comprising The Falling Machine (2010), Hearts of Smoke & Steam (2011) and Power under Pressure (2013), set in a Steampunk version of late nineteenth-century New York, where Superheroes vie against Lord Eschaton who, as his name implies, plots to shape the future into a Satanic Mills Dystopia. The Robot known as Automaton which/who is destroyed in the first volume is reconstructed in the ...

Lovejoy, Jack

(1937-2014) US author with an advanced degree in Roman history who began publishing work of genre interest with The Rebel Witch (1978), a fantasy for children. His first sf novels, Star Gods (dated 1978 but 1979) and The Hunters (1982), combine Space Opera routines with some cultural extrapolation. The Vision of Beasts sequence – Creation Descending (1984), The Second Kingdom (1984) and The Brotherhood of Diablo (1985) – is set in a fairly remote Ruined Earth America, where ...

Thompson, Donald

(?   -    ) US author of two novels of sf interest: in The Ancient Enemy (1979), civilization is threatened by killer cockroaches (see Horror in SF); and The Next Encounter (1982) features an Invasion of Earth by UFO-based Aliens. [JC]

Battle Royale

Japanese film (2000). Toei Company presents a GAGA, Kobi Co, MF Pictures, Nippon Shuppan Hanbai (Nippan) K K and WOWOW production in association with AM Associates and Fukasaku-gumi. Directed by Kinji Fukasaku. Written by Kenta Fukasaku from the novel Battle Royale by Kōshun Takami. Cast includes Masanobu Ando, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Aki Maeda and Tarō Yamamoto. 114 minutes. Colour. / Forty-two teenagers are dumped on an abandoned island at the ...

Pidgin, Charles Felton

(1844-1923) US statistician and author of an early Alternate History novel, The Climax: Or, What Might Have Been: A Romance of the Great Republic (1902), the Jonbar Point of which being a different outcome to the fatal 1804 duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. In this world, not having killed Hamilton, Burr conquers Mexico and Central America, becomes President of the United States in 1808, and soon oversees the construction of the Panama Canal in 1814, and the abolition of Slavery ...

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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