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Gibson, Walter B

(1897-1985) US newspaper magician, journalist, editor and author whose first published work was a puzzle piece called "Enigma" for St Nicholas Magazine in 1905, the first of a huge number of puzzles and other articles relating to magic published over the next 80 years, the grand total of this and other periodical work coming to at least 6800 pieces, not counting at least 2000 published crossword puzzles; Gibson's interest in the occult and various Games led to a number of explicatory volumes, ...

Murphy, David

(1953-    ) Irish author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Undertow" for FTL in 1989, was a founding editor of the Irish genre magazine Albedo One (a position from which he stepped down in 2013) and has assembled his stories in Broken Heroes (coll 1995 chap), Alienations: Stories of the Near Future (coll 1998 chap) and further collections listed below. His first novel, Longevity City (2005), is a Paranoia-infused vision of a new future world under the almost ...

Cosmic Encounter

Board Game (1977). Eon Products (EP). Designed by Peter Olotka, Jack Kittredge, Bill Eberle. / Cosmic Encounter is perhaps the archetypal self modifying game. Every player is given a card representing an Alien race which has a special power; examples include the ability to force players to become allies and a race which gains the abilities of another, different, card after every defeat. When the alien powers conflict with the normal game mechanics, the card rules take precedence. The goal ...

MacDonald, Alexander

(1878-1939) UK author, latterly resident in Australia, whose The Lost Explorers: A Story of the Trackless Desert (1907) is a Lost Race set in the mountainous Australian outback, where traces of the ancient civilization of Lemuria are found lingering in decadent aborigines. Through the Heart of Tibet (1910) has also been incorrectly cited as a Lost Race novel. [JC]

Chiang, Ted

(1967-    ) US author who has produced several stories since he began to publish work of genre interest with "Tower of Babylon" for Omni in November 1990, which won the first of his four Nebula awards to date, for best novelette; he also received the John W Campbell Award for best new writer in 1992. His second Nebula was for "Story of Your Life" (in Starlight 2, anth 1998, ed Patrick Nielsen Hayden), for best novella; the third was for Hell Is the Absence of God (in ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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