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Schaffer, Gene

(1941-    ) US author in whose sf novel, Countdown to Doomsday (1982), Aliens direct a remote-control satellite to Earth, where it emits a Ray that makes all women infertile; the purpose is eventually to clear the planet of humans. [JC]

Castle Falkenstein

Role Playing Game (1994). R Talsorian Games. Designed by Michael Pondsmith. / Castle Falkenstein is more a work of Steampunk and Magick than one of Science and Sorcery. Nevertheless, its spells and chimeras have a basis in Imaginary Science: dragons are intelligent Dinosaurs, the faerie are extra-dimensional energy beings and magick is the result of an inherited ability to alter the subatomic structure of reality. The game's setting is a nineteenth century Parallel World fantasticated by ...

Snow, C P

(1905-1980) UK scientific administrator or boffin and author, best known for the long Strangers and Brothers sequence of novels, several of which deal intimately with science and the scientific establishment, though even The Search (1958) stays demurely within the bounds of the possible. In Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution (1959), nonfiction, he famously suggested that science and the humanities had indeed become "two cultures", a phrase which has become part of the language. His ...

Void Science Fiction and Fantasy

Australian Digest-size, saddle-stapled Semiprozine, five issues 1975-1977, thereafter continuing until 1981 as a series, four books, three numbers per book, which effectively constituted an original-anthology series; published by Void Publications, Melbourne; edited by Paul Collins. At a time when Australian sf had few local outlets, Void was a brave venture, though in appearance it could be described, in its first incarnation, as an Amateur Magazine with an overcrowded layout on cheap paper. ...

Moffat, W Graham

(1866-1951) UK author whose What's the World Coming To? (1893) with John White takes the form of a series of discussions, set in 2003 CE, of the various marvels which the twentieth century has seen. The tone is Satirical; the targets include Edward Bellamy, fictional Clichés such as crime detection by psychic means, and concerns such as Feminism. [JC]

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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