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Wright, Glover

Working name of Indian-born rock guitarist and thriller author Geoffrey Glover-Wright (1940-2017), in UK from 1947, perhaps best known under his early stage name Buddy Britten, though he also performed as Simon Raverne. He is of some sf interest for The Hound of Heaven (1984), in which a possibly renegade priest, crucified by the Vietcong in the 1960s, is retrieved from Suspended Animation with a message deadly to the Church (see Religion). In Aurora (2003), a similarly reawakened figure ...


In sf Terminology, an apartment in a high-rise building. Conapts often feature what is effectively a complete life-support system, so that even when they are in a densely populated city their inhabitants are often seen to be isolated from other people. A conapt is often assumed to be in a city consisting of high-rise buildings, each one highly populated, but with the buildings themselves not necessarily crowded together, and sometimes separated by parkland. Probably formed as a contraction of ...

Block, Bob

(1921-2011) UK scriptwriter, mostly for BBC radio and television, from as early as 1954 with scripts for Life with the Lyons in both mediums; he created and scripted one series, Robert's Robots (1973); and has novelized some of his other scripts of genre interest, including more than one for Rentaghost (1976), as well as Galloping Galaxies! (1987), which adapts scripts from Galloping Galaxies! (1985), a spoof space series derivative of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker works, set on the spaceship ...

Sidewise Award

These annual awards for Alternate History fiction were conceived in 1995 by Evelyn C Leeper, Robert B Schmunk and Steven H Silver, and have since been presented annually in two categories, Long Form for works of more than 60,000 words and Short Form for works (including poems) of less than 60,000 words. The awards' name is a homage to Murray Leinster's short Timeslip/Parallel Worlds story "Sidewise in Time" (June 1934 Astounding). / The winners below are listed by their year of eligibility, ...

Moore, Alan

(1953-    ) UK Comics writer and illustrator, mainly active in the former capacity for the Graphic Novels that made him famous; all of these, including Watchmen, were illustrated by others. On relatively rare occasions, beginning with "Sawdust Memories" for Knave in December 1984, he has also written prose fiction, including the part-fantastic Voice of the Fire (coll of linked stories 1996) and the very long, also part-fantastic Jerusalem (2016), the latter having a mixed ...

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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