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Areton, Emil Cohen

(1951-    ) US author of The New Atlanteans: A Science Fiction Novel Based on Our Past and Future (1994), in which survivors from Atlantis have complex effects upon twentieth-century history. [JC]

Gamma Quadrilogy

A quartet of mid-1960s sf films directed by Antonio Margheriti credited as Anthony Dawson, comprising I Criminali della Galassia (1965; vt The Wild, Wild Planet), I Diafanoidi Vengono la Morte (1966; vt War of the Planets), Il Pianeta Errante (1966; vt War Between the Planets) and La Morte Viene Dal Pianeta Aytin (1967; vt The Snow Devils). All four have their own entries (which see) in this encyclopedia. [DRL]

Master of Orion

Videogame (1993). Simtex. Designed by Steve Barcia. Platforms: DOS (1993); Mac (1995). / Master of Orion is a turn-based 4X Game, played on a two-dimensional galactic map. Its gameplay is a development of that seen in such earlier games as Reach for the Stars (1983). The central conceit is that a number of species are simultaneously beginning to expand into interstellar space, where they will colonize alien worlds, negotiate and trade with each other, develop advanced sciences, and fight ...

Stawicki, Matt

Working name of American artist Matthew Stawicki (1969-    ), though he is occasionally credited with his full name. After graduating from the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design in 1991, Stawicki embarked upon a career in genre art with a 1993 cover for Brad Linaweaver's Moon of Ice (March 1982 Amazing; exp 1988), an image of the Earth and Moon separated by a red bar with a swastika, that bore no resemblance to the sort of art he would later specialize in – ...

Kirby, Josh

(1928-2001) Nickname and working name of UK illustrator Ronald William Kirby, trained at Liverpool School of Art. He was occasionally though rarely credited as Ron Kirby. Kirby's work in sf began in the mid-1950s with covers for Dan Morgan's Cee-Tee Man (1955), the 1956 Pan paperback of Ian Fleming's Moonraker (1955) and for Authentic Science Fiction (6 covers 1956-1957, plus interior art; some of this was signed "Adash" or "A-" in allusion to A E van Vogt's Null-A books). Most of his published ...

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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