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McBratney, Sam

(1943-    ) UK author of The Final Correction (1978), a compact, acerbic sf novel set on a colony planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) which effectively serves as a Prison for delinquents from Earth, each denizen subjected to a daily Memory Edit; the tale, ostensibly told in Young Adult terms, subjects its protagonist to a range of disruptive encounters with AIs and Aliens, with no easy resolution. Most of his other novels are nonfantastic, or couched for younger ...

Gill, Richard

(1948-    ) UK author known only for a short collection of varied stories which meditate fairly tamely on the nature of Time, Time Keepers (coll 1989 chap), none of which had been published before this assembly. [JC]

Saint, H F

(1941-    ) US businessman and author whose sf novel, Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1987), filmed as Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), treats the question of Invisibility as a series of problems in practical living, in direct contrast to the aspirational hubris evinced by the Antihero in H G Wells's The Invisible Man (1897). After the protagonist is rendered invisible by an accident at a research establishment, he escapes the military, which hopes to use his condition for ...

Leather Goddesses of Phobos

Videogame (1986). Infocom. Designed by Steve Meretzky. Platforms: Amiga, Amstrad, AppleII, Atari8, AtariST, C64, DOS, Mac. / Leather Goddesses of Phobos is a puzzle-based text Adventure game set in 1936. The eponymous alien women intend to invade Earth and turn it into their private pleasure world; as the adventure begins the player (having chosen a male or female character) is kidnapped to serve as their experimental subject. For reasons that are not entirely clear, the player character is ...

Fennerton, William

Pseudonym of UK author and BBC foreign correspondent Ian Campbell McDougall (1921-2015), most of whose seven novels under this name are Technothrillers that fight shy of sf content. Of sf interest, however, is The Lucifer Cell (1968), which portrays an abject, dope-addicted UK ten years after a successful Invasion by China, which now dominates the civilized world; but there is some hope that the Americans and the Africans will fight back. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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