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Moran, Richard

(1942-2009) US author whose Near Future Disaster thrillers – beginning with Cold Sea Rising (1986), in which volcanic action melts the Ross Ice Shelf in the Antarctic – usually import Technothriller elements into their storylines, giving room for heroic action which turns the tables. Novels of this sort include Dallas Down (1988) and the Meade sequence comprising The Empire of Ice (1994) and Earth Winter (1995), in which volcanic action has caused Earth temperatures to plummet. ...

Peterson, Lorin

(?   -    ) US author of Ma Windsor (1983), a Near Future Satire on American mores and politics whose protagonist, being elected the first female President of the United States, causes disarray by making the wealthy ineligible to claim social security, reducing the nuclear Weapons stockpile, and bringing all the soldiers home from their international redoubts. [JC]

Penswick, Neil

(?   -    ) UK author of a Tie for the Doctor Who universe, Doctor Who New Adventures: The Pit (1993). [JC]

Electric Velocipede

US Amateur Magazine normally published twice yearly from Fall 2001, by Spilt Milk Press, Somerset, New Jersey, and edited by John Klima. It began paying contributors a token fee from issue #10 (Spring 2006), thus technically making it a Semiprozine, though it won the Hugo award for Best Fanzine in 2009. Until the double issue #21/22 (Fall 2010) it was available in print form, bound in an intermediate (half-legal) size (8.5 x 6.9 in; 215 x 175 mm), saddle-stapled. From issue #14 (Spring 2008), ...

Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders

Videogame (1988). Lucasfilm Games. Designed by David Fox. Platforms: Amiga, AppleII, AtariST, C64, DOS. / Zak McKracken is a graphical Adventure game with an interface similar to that of Maniac Mansion (1987). The player alternates between the roles of the titular Zak (a reporter for an American supermarket tabloid, the National Inquisitor), Zak's love interest, and her friends, who have converted their van into a Spaceship and gone to Mars. All of these characters follow a linear storyline ...

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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