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Cogswell, Theodore R

(1918-1987) US author and academic, who claimed to have been a teenaged ambulance driver on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War. He began publishing sf in June 1952 with what proved to be one of his most successful stories, "The Specter General" for Astounding. In this long, amusing tale – much in the vein Keith Laumer was later to make his own – a long-forgotten maintenance division of the Galactic Protectorate reinvigorates a decadent Space Navy. "The Wall around the ...

Perrotta, Tom

(1961-    ) US screenwriter and author, most of whose fiction – like Election (1998), Little Children (2004) and The Abstinence Teacher (2007) – is nonfantastic. He is of sf interest for The Leftovers (2011), for which he also collaborated on the screenplay for the Television series The Leftovers (2014-2017). The basic tale is Equipoisal between supernatural fiction [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and sf in its portrayal of a very-Near Future ...

Morrow Project, The

Role Playing Game (1980). Timeline Inc (TI). Designed by Kevin Dockery, Robert Sadler, Richard Tucholka. / The shadow of the World War Three that never came, a nuclear conflict between the USA and the Soviet Union, looms large over this game. The mechanics of all three editions – two from 1980 and one from 1983, all developed by TI – are highly detailed and emphasize realistic combat, reflecting the game's Survivalist influences. Its central premise is that a group of ...

Strause, Greg

(1975-    ) US filmmaker generally co-credited with his brother Colin (1976-    ), often under their preferred joint title as "The Brothers Strause". Primarily a special-effects team, they co-directed Alien Vs Predator: Requiem (2007) and Skyline (2010); they have also provided effects, since 2002 through their company Hydraulx or hy*drau"lx, for many films including Titanic (1997), Galaxy Quest (1999), and Avatar (2009). In 2010 Columbia Pictures' ...

Foy, George

(1952-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Hellbike" (in Masters of Hell, anth 1987, ed Janet Morris et al). His earlier novels are not fantastic, but his Shift sequence – comprising The Shift (1996), Contraband (1997), The Memory of Fire (2000) and The Last Harbor (2000) – moves from its Near Future Cyberpunk-inflected initial setting – which includes a Virtual Reality Alternate History version of 1850s New York – into a ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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