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Parasitism and Symbiosis

Parasitism and symbiosis are Nature's extreme forms of commensalism (physical association). A parasitic species promotes its own interests entirely to the detriment of the other; symbiosis refers to the much less common state in which both organisms obtain some benefit from the association. / Imaginary parasites of human beings are featured in many effective sf Horror stories, often linked to the idea of vampirism (although classical ...

Future Life

Letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on a mixture of newsprint and glossy paper. Published by Future Magazine Incorporated, a subsidiary of O'Quinn Studios. Editors included Bob Woods and Herman Zimmerman. 31 issues April 1978 to December 1981. Publication schedule was generally monthly with some gaps after #16. / An attempt to establish a more science-fact oriented companion to Starlog, this magazine was ...

Van Kampen, Robert D

(1938-1999) US businessman and author, whose fundamentalist Christian beliefs, focused on the Rapture, tacitly shape his only sf novel, The Fourth Reich (1997), which Equipoisally creates a Hitler Wins scenario through the recovery of Hitler's soul from Hell and its insertion through Cloning into a human embryo. He soon becomes ruler of all Russia, and as the anti- ...

Longmate, Norman

(1925-2016) UK author whose works include detective novels but who concentrated on military history, the point of view from which he approaches the Hitler Wins scenario of If Britain Had Fallen (1972), based on the 1972 BBC Television series speculating on the fall of Britain in 1940, after a Nazi Invasion. Longmate's text is remorselessly focused. [JC]

Morrissey, Dean W

(1951-2021) American artist, latterly most often credited as Dean Morrissey. The self-trained Morrissey began his professional career with three covers for Dragon magazine in 1978, 1979, and 1980, and in 1986 he started to receive regular assignments to paint book covers. His covers for Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois's anthology Sorcerers! (anth 1986) and John Morressy's ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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