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US sf Wargames magazine published by Simulations Publications Inc (SPI) from issue #1 (March 1980) to #12 (January 1982) with Redmond A Simonsen as editor; thereafter by Dragon Publishing, edited by Michael Moore from #12 (January 1982) to #14 (Spring 1983) and by Kim Mohan from #15 (Fall 1983) to #17 (Spring 1984). The schedule was bimonthly to #12 and thereafter quarterly. Seventeen issues plus two Mohan-edited specials not numbered in the main sequence: #1 (Summer 1983) and #2 (copyright ...

Slater, Philip

(1927-2013) US academic (who abandoned his career as a professor of sociology in 1971), actor, playwright and author who remains best known for such acute analyses of Western culture as The Pursuit of Loneliness (1970) and Earthwalk (1974). His How I Saved the World (1985), about nuclear Disaster, reiterates in spoof-thriller guise the lessons urged in his nonfiction; en passant he mocks conspiracy theories, occult divinations, the counter-culture, establishment culture, and much else. [JC]

Raynor, William

(1920-1994) US screenwriter and author of Freeze (1988) with Myles Wilder, a thriller in which Medicine and Cryonics mix ominously. Raynor also wrote the screenplays for Phantom from Space (1953), Killers from Space (1954; vt Aliens from Space) and Target Earth! (1954). The first was first in collaboration with and based on a story by Myles Wilder; the second was written solo but again based on a Wilder story; the third is based on a published story by Paul W Fairman writing as Ivar Jorgensen. ...


The unpleasant human institution of slavery is frequently extrapolated into spacegoing sf futures. One notable instance is Robert A Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy (September-December 1957 Astounding; 1957), which opens with the young protagonist being sold as a slave on a colony world whose Economics revolve around this practice, and closes with him – now free and in a position of some power – working from Earth to oppose the deeply rooted interstellar slave trade. A similar story ...

Chambers, Robert W

(1865-1933) US author, author of over 70 novels in various genres, mostly historical and romantic works, increasingly popular but increasingly bad; in the first decade or so of his career, however, he wrote fantasy and horror and some sf of interest. His first successful work was The King in Yellow (coll 1895; cut 1902; with different cuts vt The Mask, and Other Stories 1929). The eponymous King in Yellow is the title character of a printed verse play, a book which functions as a mise en ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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