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Patel, Carrie

(?   -    ) US games designer and author whose first novel, The Buried Life (2014), set deep Underground underneath a Ruined Earth surface, long after a planetary Disaster; the tale is set in the great City of Recoletta, which has become a centrally-controlled Dystopia, its starkness ameliorated by a Steampunk sense that in Urban Fantasy terms Recoletta is a dark mirror of London [for As Above So Below and Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under ...

Foglio, Phil

(1956-    ) American artist and author. He received a BFA in cartooning from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and began his career by contributing artwork to Fanzines, winning the Hugo as Best Fan Artist in 1977 and 1978; in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he also contributed interior art to Asimov's Science Fiction and did some covers and a recurring comic strip, "What's New with Phil and Dixie", for Dragon Magazine. While his first Dragon cover, for the May 1979 issue, was ...

Man from Planet X, The

Film (1951). Mid-Century Films. Directed by Edgar G Ulmer. Written by Aubrey Wisberg and Jack Pollexfen. Cast includes Raymond Bond, Robert Clarke, Margaret Field and William Schallert. 70 minutes. Black and white. / As the wandering Planet X approaches Earth, an Alien (actor unknown and uncredited) from the planet lands his Spaceship at the place where his world will come closest to Earth, in rural Scotland. This location has also attracted an astronomer, Professor Elliot (Bond), seeking ...

Dreadstone, Carl

A House Name used for a short-lived 1977 series of six Berkley Medallion paperbacks based on classic Universal Horror films. Known users of the Dreadstone pseudonym are Ramsey Campbell with three titles and Walter Harris with two. The latter's initial contribution – sometimes erroneously credited to Campbell – was a second novel Tie to The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) whose plot is much changed from that of the film and its contemporary novelization by John Russell Fearn ...

Hendrix, Jimi

(1942-1970) US singer and performer, acclaimed by many as the most gifted guitarist ever captured on recording. After mixed success on the American circuit Hendrix came to London in 1966 and formed "The Jimi Hendrix Experience", whose blend of rock, blues, psychedelia and Hendrix's inspired guitar soloing established his reputation. Science fiction was always an important influence upon Hendrix's spacey, futuristic sound – for example the title of his second single, "Purple Haze" (1967), ...

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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