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Meier, Sid

(1954-    ) US Game designer, inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1999. Meier's first game was Spitfire Ace (1982 MicroProse, Atari8; 1984 C64, PCBoot), the first of a long line of combat flight simulators which he designed for MicroProse. By the late 1980s, however, Meier had become interested in other forms of Videogame. This change in focus led to the creation of both Pirates! (1987 MicroProse, Amstrad, AppleII, C64, PCBoot; 1988 ...

Daniel, Tony

(1963-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "For the Killed Astronauts" for Asimov's in December 1990, and who has been fairly prolific in the 1990s. His first novel, Warpath (June 1991 Asimov's as "Candle"; exp 1993), was admired for its ambitious scope, though it is overloaded with material, and slides (at points uncontrolledly) from sf to Magic Realism to myth (mostly based on Native American material) and outright fantasy. The premise is romantic: centuries past, ...

McCauley, Motly Ranke

(?   -?   ) Unidentified author, almost certainly UK and pseudonymous, whose Future War tale, Chapters from Future History: The Battle of Berlin (Die Schlacht von Königsberg) (dated 1890 but 1871 chap), combats the pessimistic Battle of Dorking scenario through its focus on an 1875 Germany about to turn republican. An Invasion on the part of British and other forces, and the defeat of Russian imperialists, indeed generates a republic, and the eventual ...

Mysterious Traveler, The

Radio series (1943-1952). The Mutual Broadcasting System. Writers were primarily Robert Arthur and David Kogan. Created by Arthur and Kogan. Directors included Kogan. Narrator: Maurice Tarplin. 370 30-minute episodes. / This was primarily a suspense-crime drama anthology series, but included much Fantasy, Horror and sf. Radioplays are by Arthur and Kogan unless noted otherwise. Surviving sf instalments include "Beware of Tomorrow" (1944), dealing with a professor who has constructed an ...

Posey, Jay

(?   -    ) US Videogame designer and author, active in the former capacity from the late 1990s. After an involvement with two nonfantastic Tom Clancy franchises, the Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six series, he began publishing Military SF with his first series, the Legends of the Dustwalker sequence starting with Three (2013), set in a Ruined Earth America and featuring the eponymous Hero; by the end of the sequence a Keep has been founded and defended from ...

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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