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Whittemore, Edward

(1933-1995) US case officer for the CIA 1958-1987, specializing in Asia and the Middle East (where much of the action in his novels takes place), and author whose first novel, Quin's Shanghai Circus (1974), serves as a rampageous, gonzo prelude (see Horror in SF) to the rest of his small oeuvre. Fairly clearly influenced by authors like Thomas Pynchon, and perhaps Richard Condon and Tim Powers, Whittemore clearly shares Pynchon's deep engagement in the transformative tragedy of World War Two, ...

Johnston, J M

(?   -    ) US author of whom nothing is known; he is credited with Brainchild (1980), an sf novel (see Mutants). [JC]

Golden Heroes

Role Playing Game (1984). Games Workshop (GW). Designed by Simon Burley, Peter Haines. / Golden Heroes, like Villains and Vigilantes (1979) and Champions (1981), is an early Role Playing Game with a Superhero theme. Its mechanics are generally well designed and closely match the narrative conventions of the written genre, their most novel aspect being perhaps the approach taken to character creation. Each player starts with a list of randomly chosen superhuman abilities (such as Psi Powers ...


US professional downloadable Online Magazine co-founded by Damon Caporaso, Dave Comery and Jay Tomio, with Tomio as the editor-in-chief. It ran for six issues, each long delayed, from August 2006 to Spring 2009. Each issue was beautifully designed with emphasis given to striking artwork and features, most of which looked better on screen than when downloaded. Each issue ran just two or three short stories, most of which were more fantastic than sf, though Edward Morris's recursive "On the Air" ...

Campbell, Paul

(1964-    ) Northern Irish artist, in the mainland UK from 1972, who first began to publish artwork in the Role Playing Game magazine Proteus in 1985, and studied graphic design at Hull University 1986-1989. He subsequently contributed many illustrations to Games Workshop's games magazine White Dwarf. Illustrative work associated with the Doctor Who franchise includes over a dozen covers 1994-1996 for the Doctor Who Books (an imprint of Virgin Publishing) Doctor Who: Missing ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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