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Ex Machina

Role Playing Game (2004). Guardians of Order. Designed by Bruce Baugh, Rebecca Borgstrom, Christian Gossett, Bradley Kayl, Michelle Lyons. / Ex Machina is a game of all the many Cyberpunks, from the alternate 1980s of William Gibson's Neuromancer (1984) and Walter Jon Williams's Hardwired (1986) through Neal Stephenson's "Post Cyberpunk" novels to the animated visions of Masamune Shirow. The system is designed to enable play in any of these styles, allowing characters to easily adopt all of ...

Robinson, Frank M

(1926-2014) US editor and author, who began his career as an office boy with Ziff-Davis in the 1940s, where he first met his long-time colleague William Hamling; he began to publish work of genre interest with "The Maze" in Astounding for June 1950 and was for a time fairly prolific. At the end of this early period he released his first (and for decades his only) solo novel, The Power (1956), a tale which effectively combines sf and thriller in the story of the search for a malignant Superman ...

Morgan, Richard

(1965-    ) British author who began publishing work of genre interest with Altered Carbon (2002) as by Richard K Morgan; the middle initial also appears on US reprints. Altered Carbon was the first of a three-volume sequence featuring the mercenary/detective Takeshi Kovacs, subsequent books being Broken Angels (2003) and Woken Furies (2005). The setting of the Kovacs sequence is a United Nations-supervised group of planets whose economy is dominated by the availability of a ...

Canty, Thomas

(1952-    ) US illustrator known for his pale, delicate style, for the Art Nouveau-inspired, ethereal women he often paints, and for his use of stylized costume details. His approach has been famously described by Terri Windling as "New Romanticism", said to contrast with the "Heroic" style associated with artists like Frank Frazetta. Canty's fame is out of proportion to the amount of work (mostly book covers) he has published, though he works also under pseudonyms. While he ...

Sieveking, Lance

Working name of UK author and radio producer Lancelot de Giberne Sieveking (1896-1972) for his later work, though his first books were signed Capt L de G Sieveking (he reached the rank of Captain during active service in the Royal Naval Air Service through most of World War One) or L de Giberne Sieveking. He was with the BBC 1925-1956, producing at least radio 200 plays by 1938 and the first Television play in 1930, and himself adapting his own novel, A Tomb With a View (1950), a gothic ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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