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Ciencin, Scott

(1962-    ) US author and Comics writer who has published as by Richard Awlinson and as by Nick Baron as well as under his own name. Much of Ciencin's sizeable output is Fantasy, chiefly Ties to Shared World enterprises (such as Forgotten Realms, titles not listed below, where the Awlinson name was used). Tied franchises of direct sf interest to which he has contributed include the Alternate World of James Gurney's Dinotopia Digest, the Superhero Comics-based Gen13, Godzilla ...

Multi User Dungeon

Term used to describe a type of Videogame in which many players adopt the roles of characters they have created in the same persistent Online World. Many variants exist, but the most common forms are those which emphasize exploration and adventure in the manner of a combat-oriented Computer Role Playing Game and those which are focused on social interaction and enabling their users to create and share environments and objects of their own design. Such games can be text-based, with all ...

Lapine, Warren

(1964-    ) US heavy-metal musician (prior to his publishing career), author, editor and Small Press publisher who began to publish work of genre interest with "Desolation" for the Fanzine The Equinox in 1992. He has occasionally used the pseudonym Jamie Wild for stories published in his own magazines, in particular Absolute Magnitude [see below]. Nineteen of his stories are assembled as Just Like the Jetsons (coll 2006). / Lapine's greatest importance to the genre is as ...

Reid, Ruthanne

(?   -    ) US author whose Science Fantasy novel The Sundered (2012) is set on a planet, which the reader suspects may well be a deeply Ruined Earth, nearly covered by poisonous black water where creatures with Magic powers live. The Ecology of this world is inimical to its surviving human population, as is discovered. The Christmas Dragon (2014) and Strings (2014) are fantasy. [JC]

George, Jon

(?   -    ) UK author of two sf novels, after some unidentified shorter work. In Faces of Mist and Flame (2004), a late twenty-first-century mathematician creates a Time Viewer through which she is able to observe – in complacent safety – and to share acoustically the horrific experiences in World War Two of a soldier who creates for himself an inner fantasy narrative in terms of which – for in this narrative he is Hercules – it is ...

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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