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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 ...

Manes, Stephen

(1949-    ) US author on computer issues from the early 1980s, well-known for the "Digital Tools" column in Forbes; and author of several novels for the Young Adult and the younger children markets, the comical Oscar Noodleman sequence – comprising That Game from Outerspace: The First Strange Thing That Happened to Oscar Noodleman (1983 chap), The Oscar J Noodleman Television Network: The Second Strange Thing That Happened to Oscar Noodleman (1984) and Chicken Trek: ...

Pines, Ned L

(1905-1990) US magazine and book publisher who in 1931 founded a group of magazines with Thrilling in the title: Thrilling Detective, Thrilling Love, etc. These became part of the Pines Publications group (which Pines served as president 1929-1961), whose associated companies included Standard Magazines, Beacon Magazines and Better Publications. In 1936 Pines bought Gernsback's Wonder Stories and retitled it Thrilling Wonder Stories to fit neatly among his other magazines. Among Pines's senior ...

Bechdolt, Jack

Working name of US author John Ernest Bechdolt (1884-1954) for his fiction, though he used his full name for other writing. The Lost Vikings (1931) features juveniles who discover a Lost Race of Vikings in Alaska. The Torch (24 January-21 February 1920 Argosy Weekly; 1948) is a Ruined Earth tale, set in a devastated New York a thousand years after a Comet has destroyed civilization; almost betrayed by the passions of love, but enabled in the end by the Inventions of a dwarf Scientist, the ...

Binder, Jack

Working name of Yanos [John] Ronald Binder (1902-1988), US illustrator born in Austria-Hungary, brother of Earl and Otto Binder (see Eando Binder), in the USA from 1910; he sometimes signed his artwork as Binder only. He was active for seven years in the Pulp magazines, illustrating some 130 stories and serial instalments, beginning with black-and-white interior artwork for four stories in Weird Tales for April 1935; his final such appearance (excluding reprints) was in Astounding for April ...

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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