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Bensen, D R

(1927-1997) US editor and author, his novels being usually pseudonymous. The two anthologies he has edited, The Unknown: 11 Stories (anth 1963) and The Unknown Five (anth 1964), are both fantasy and (all but one story) compiled from Unknown. He was more important within the sf field for his editorship of Pyramid Books 1957-1967, a period during which that firm became a significant producer of sf novels in reprint and original forms. In 1968 he became executive editor of Berkley Books. He moved ...

Joyce, Graham

(1954-2014) UK author and from 1996 also a reader in and teacher of creative writing at Nottingham Trent University, Nottinghamshire. He began to publish work of genre interest with Dreamside (1991), in which four university students involved in an experimental study of lucid dreaming develop a shared hallucination or alternate reality known as Dreamside, which they reject after bad experiences but which returns to haunt them in later life; the effect is one of Horror in SF. Subsequent novels ...

Osborn, Christopher

(?   -    ) UK concert pianist, teacher and author whose first novel, A Sense of Touch (1989), is nonfantastic; his second, Unbound (2017), sensitively depicts a molecular biologist's unrelenting search for Immortality through Drugs, during the course of which he becomes addicted to a drug known as Telos, which treats ageing as an auto-immune disorder. A Near Future epilogue extols his scientific efforts, which have proven successful, though not in time to ...

Metaltech

Videogame series (from 1994). Dynamix. / After developing the first MechWarrior game in the late 1980s (see Battletech), Dynamix lost the licence to Activision. Their response was to create their own version of the Battletech (1984) universe, featuring HERCULANs (human and AI piloted bipedal robots) in a unique Future History, and develop their own games within this Metaltech continuity. The first game, Earthsiege (1994 Dynamix, DOS), is similar to the 1989 MechWarrior, with pilots playing ...

Solar Opposites

US animated online tv series (2020). 20th Century Fox. Created by Mike McMahan and Justin Roiland. Executive producers: Josh Bycel, Mike McMahan and Justin Roiland. Directed by Kim Arndt, Lucas Gray, Bob Suarez and Andy Thom. Writers include Mike McMahan and Justin Roiland. Voice cast includes Sean Giambrone, Mary Mack, Sagan McMahan, Thomas Middleditch and Justin Roiland. Eight 24-minute episodes. Colour. / "Planet Shlorp was the perfect Utopia until the Asteroid hit. 100 adults and their ...

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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