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Fading Suns

Role Playing Game (1996). Holistic Design (HD). Designed by Bill Bridges, Andrew Greenberg. / Fading Suns is set in a Gothic interstellar empire, morally and intellectually decadent, which has reverted to medieval habits of thought. For unknown reasons, the stars are slowly going out. The society depicted is feudal and strongly religious, consciously evocative of Dark Ages Europe (see Medieval Futurism); the overall effect is strongly reminiscent of the Warhammer 40,000 (1987) game ...

Leonard, Raymond

(1941-    ) UK academic, poet and author whose first novel, OMEGA (1986), fairly belatedly depicts the fate of human civilization in the Near Future when a Computer (the acronym of the title) is put in charge. The Nostradamus Inheritance (1986), which is horror, lacks any links of interest to the historical Nostradamus; Legacy of the Shroud (1988) is a thriller involving Religion and recovered knowledge. [JC]

Kelley, Karen

(?   -    ) US nurse and author, mostly of romances, beginning in the early 1990s. Of sf interest is the Planet Nerak sequence of romantic Space Opera tales beginning with Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind (2007), in which Mala, a sex-hungry woman from another world bored by Sex with Robots, becomes attracted to the men of Earth; in subsequent volumes, other women from the planet Nerak follow Mala to Earth, and find out why she went there. In the Princes of ...

Dwiggins, W A

(1880-1956) US author on typography, greatly influential book designer and, through his association with the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, creator of at least a dozen typefaces, the most famous of them being Electra and Caledonia; from 1922 he called himself a "graphic designer", and is credited with inventing the term. Dwiggins is known within the sf field for designing and illustrating the luxurious 1931 edition of H G Wells's The Time Machine. Often in collaboration with George Salter after ...

Hemingway, Amanda

(1955-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Alchemist" for Introduction 7: Stories by New Writers (anth 1981) edited anonymously, that year's issue of the Faber and Faber Introduction series. Her first novel, Pzyche (1982), focuses on an uncomfortable and virginal young woman brought up in isolation on a mineral-rich, art-obsessed planet, where – under the supervision of her father (see Forbidden Planet) – she unappreciatingly ...

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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