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Cobley, Michael

(1959-    ) UK author long resident in Scotland. His first books, the Shadowkings trilogy beginning with Shadowkings (2001), were fantasy. However, the subsequent Humanity's Fire trilogy – comprising Seeds of Earth (2009), The Orphaned Worlds (2010) and The Ascendant Stars (2011) – is full-blooded Space Opera of considerable scope and ambition. Its starting point is that First Contact turns into a devastating rout for humanity, forcing emigration from Earth. ...


Japanese animated tv series (2011; vt Nichijou: My Ordinary Life). Based on the Manga by Keiichi Arawi. Kyoto Animation. Directed by Tatsuya Ishihara, Written by Jukki Hanada. Voice cast includes Mai Aizawa, Shizuka Furuya, Mariko Honda, Chika Horikawa, Yoshihisa Kawahara, Hiromi Konno, Kaoru Mizuhara, Minoru Shiraishi and Misuzu Togashi. 26 25-minute episodes and one OVA. Colour. / Attending Tokisadame High School are the academically challenged but cheerful Yūko Aioi (Honda); ...

Charrette, Robert N

(1953-    ) US author and Game designer, often as Bob Charrette. He co-designed the sf Role Playing Games Aftermath (1981) – with a Post-Holocaust setting – and Shadowrun (1989). His fiction consists mostly of sf and fantasy Ties, including game novelizations for the Battletech (1984) franchise and his own Shadowrun. The Artos sequence, beginning with A Prince Among Men (1994), and the Chronicles of Aelwyn, beginning with Timespell (1996), are not ...

Lord, Graham

(1943-2015) Southern-Rhodesia-born editor and author, in the UK from about 1960; of his novels, two are of sf interest: God and All His Angels (1976) is a Satire set in a Near Future England which has been turned into a theme park, though a grim new government, run by right-wing radicals known as God's Angels, soon takes over; and A Party to Die For (1997) anticipates a millennial Disaster in the shape of a Comet due to impact Earth at the turn of the year 2000. [JC]

Theobald, Ray

(?   -    ) Highly prolific UK artist who was active from 1949 or earlier until 1960, chiefly painting paperback and magazine covers; his lack of visibility in public records as either Ray or Raymond Theobald has led Steve Holland to speculate that the byline may be a pseudonym [see under links below]. Other names used by the same artist are Glen Allen and Ken Ford. / Among the publishers for whom Theobald produced cover art were Curtis Warren (1949-1953), ...

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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