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Gordon, Stuart

Working name of Scottish teacher and author Richard Alexander Steuart Gordon (1947-2009), not to be confused with the director of supernatural horror films, Stuart Gordon, nor with Stuart Gordon (1924-    ), the author of Gordonstown: A New Design for America (1980). Gordon also wrote as Alex R Stuart and published his first sf story – "A Light in the Sky" for New Worlds in July 1965 – as Richard A Gordon. His first sf novel, Time Story (1972), describes a ...

Twilight Imperium

Board Game (1997). Fantasy Flight Games (FFG). Designed by Christian Petersen. / Twilight Imperium is a complex game of galactic conquest, scientific development, economic management, colonization and trade, played on a two-dimensional map with miniature models. The setting is a somewhat generic Space Opera in which a Galactic Empire ruled by a benevolent but arrogant race has collapsed, plunging the galaxy into a dark age. After a long interregnum various species, including humanity, have ...

Ashton, Francis Leslie

(1904-1994) UK analytical chemist, painter and author whose first sf novel, The Breaking of the Seals (1946), sets a psychic time-traveller into a prehistoric world (see Prehistoric SF) where primitive society ends in chaos with the breaking up of Bahste, Earth's then Moon; a deluge follows. Its thematic sequel, Alas, That Great City (1948), set in Atlantis, propounds a similar Disaster, with a new planet arriving to become the Earth's moon and sinking the continent. Wrong Side of the Moon ...

Turner, Jim

(1945-1999) US editor and publisher who ran Arkham House from 1976 to 1996, when he was fired. Here, though without cover credit, he edited a notable retrospective collection of James Tiptree's stories, Her Smoke Rose Up Forever: The Great Years of James Tiptree, Jr (coll 1990), and a reprint anthology of stories "inspired" by H P Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, Cthulhu 2000 (anth 1995). In 1996 Turner moved on to run his own small-press imprint, {Golden Gryphon Press}, continuing to focus on ...

Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew

(1973-    ) US Comics writer for DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and author of Technothrillers with a Horror cast, whose first novels were published under his full name, though he more recently writes as Gregg Hurwitz. His first novel of sf interest is Minutes to Burn (2001), in which, tellingly, Mutant distortions of the theory of Evolution are found on an Island in the Galapágos archipelago. Ecological disaster looms. The Young Adult Rains Brothers sequence, comprising ...

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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