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Rhysling Award

A regular Award for sf and fantasy Poetry, presented annually since 1978 by the Science Fiction Poetry Association. It is named for the blind balladeer of Robert A Heinlein's "The Green Hills of Earth" (8 February 1947 Saturday Evening Post), and faithful to that provenance tends to focus on poets whose careers have been significantly shaped by Genre SF, broadly understood. This may explain the absence from the awards roster (listed below) of more widely recognized poets who may all the same ...

X Series, The

Videogame series (from 1999). Egosoft. / The X Series is a line of Space Sims, descended from Elite (1984). The player has considerable freedom to explore, trade, mine asteroids, fight pirates (or become one), carry out missions (including bounty-hunting and passenger transport), or create a commercial empire of space-based factories and fleets of starships. The game universe itself is impressively realistic and dynamic, with a working economy based on the principles of supply and demand; ...

Thole, Karel

Working name of Dutch illustrator Carolus Adrianus Maria Thole (1914-2000), long resident in Milan. After artistic training in Amsterdam at the Rijksmuseum's State Drawing School, Thole worked in the Netherlands until 1958, when he and his family moved to Milan, Italy. There he began painting book covers for the Italian publishers Mondadori and Rizzoli, and by the 1970s, he was regarded as a dominant figure in European sf illustration, largely due to his widely admired covers for the Italian ...

Hay, George

Working name – in life as well as in print – of UK author, editor and sf enthusiast Oswyn Robert Tregonwell Hay (1922-1997), born Oswyn Robert Cohn, who began publishing sf in the early 1950s with Flight of the "Hesper" (1951), Man, Woman – and Android (1951), This Planet for Sale (1952), plus Terra! (1952) as by King Lang, a House Name. Moment Out of Time (1952) as by Roy Sheldon has been credited to Hay, who was commissioned to write this novel only for it to be rejected and ...

Scott, Rosie

(1948-2017) New Zealand author, in Australia from 1987, most of whose work – which is various and widely published – is nonfantastic. Of sf interest is Feral City (1992), a Dystopian tale set in a Near Future Australian City, mostly wasteland haunted by the unwanted. The protagonist and two companions opens a bookshop. A fragile attempt to re-establish a humane urbanity is necessarily fraught, but, strugglingly, succeeds. Scott was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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