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Live Action Role Playing

Term used to describe a form of Role Playing Game in which players physically act out their parts, as opposed to speaking them in the manner of a radio drama. An actual environment (for example, a castle or a city) is used to stand in for the game's fictional setting. Two main forms exist: those in which physical actions such as combat are enacted using padded weapons and similar devices, and those in which a set of symbolic rules (or simply the judgement ...

Malraux, André

(1901-1976) French statesman, adventurer and author whose La Voie royale (1930; trans Stuart Gilbert as The Royal Way 1935) conveys a slightly peripheral Lost World atmosphere as its spiritually ambitious protagonist travel further and further into a heart of darkness in Cambodia and Laos, searching for a mysterious lost guru. [JC]

Light, John

(1943-    ) UK poet and author, who began publishing sf for Robert Hale Limited with the Annals of Lavandrei sequence comprising The Well of Time (1981), The Lords of Hate (1997) and Conspiracy of the Dead (2004), Space Opera adventures consistent with Hale's requirements. In the Melgor Erdin sequence comprising No Space in Time ...

Goodfellow, Cody

(1973-    ) US composer, actor, editor and author, most of whose early work has been horror, though his first publication of genre interest, the Radiant Dawn sequence beginning with Radiant Dawn (2000), intensifies Technothriller topoi – primarily a secret Weapon that could unleash Evolutionary change on humanity – with various ...

McDaniel, David

(1939-1977) US author who also wrote as Ted Johnstone. He published a Space Opera, The Arsenal Out of Time (1967), and a number of Ties, most of them based on the Television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968). These begin with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #4: The Dagger Affair (1966), include ...

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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