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Edwards, Nicky

(1958-    ) The author – perhaps UK – of Stealing Time (1990), set in a Dystopia whose protagonists' sabotage of an invidious system is examined from a lesbian standpoint (see Gender). [JC]

Wilson, Colin

(1931-2013) UK author of speculative works, who remains best known for his first book, The Outsider (1956), in which he gave graphic expression to the brilliant autodidactism, the erratic system-building mentality, the tendency to treat himself (and a previous few others) as a natural elite, and the voracity for new mental sensations that would mark the very numerous titles he would produce over the next several decades, many of them of some indirect interest to sf and fantasy writers and ...

Science-Fiction Plus

US letter-size magazine, perfect bound. Seven issues, March to December 1953, monthly for four months, then bimonthly, published by Hugo Gernsback's Gernsback Publications, with Sam Moskowitz as managing editor. / This was Gernsback's last venture in the sf field, and attempted to recover something of the flavour of his early pulps, including some Frank R Paul covers, but it was a financial failure. Notable stories – there were few – included two of Philip José Farmer's ...

Tarasov, Vladimir

(1939-    ) Russian animator and director. In 1957 he joined Soyuzmultfilm, Russia's leading animation studio, becoming a director there 1970-1991. Tarasov directed several sf shorts of note during this period, as well as the occasional non-genre piece not discussed here. Subsequently he directed two 1993/1994 episodes of the animated Russian television series Nu, pogodi! (1969-2017; vt I'll Get You) about an anthromorphized wolf and hare; later he worked in India and Iran. ...


Board and counter Wargame (1969). Designed by Philip Pritchard. / Lensman is the earliest known sf Wargame to be made available commercially. Like Spacewar (1962), it was inspired by E E Smith's Lensman books. Unlike that game, and despite its lack of authorization from Smith's estate, it is intimately involved with its source material, and difficult to fully understand without a preexisting knowledge of the milieu. The game mechanics are carefully chosen to represent the super-scientific ...

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, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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