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Robertson, J R

(?   -    ) Author whose single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is The Crab Eagle Trees (1978). [DRL]

Orban, Paul

American artist (1896-1974), born in Hungary, who often signed his work as Orban. After studying at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts from 1913 to 1917, he initially did illustrations for the Chicago Tribune and worked in advertising before moving to Mount Vernon, New York in 1930 to focus on providing a few covers and numerous interior illustrations for a wide range of Pulp magazines, with occasional assignments for more upscale venues like The New York Times and Reader's Digest. / The sf ...

Independent Games

Independent Games can be defined as games owned by their creators, rather than by a large development or publishing company which exerts some degree of control over the design. Such games are often also published by the individuals who designed them. This definition is difficult to apply precisely; games may be developed and published independently and then rereleased by a major publisher, for example. In practice, however, the distinction between games which are developed independently and ...

Gunnarsson, Thorarinn

Pseudonym of an unidentified US or Canadian author (?1957-    ) who has published mostly Fantasy like Song of the Dwarves (1988) and its sequel Revenge of the Valkyrie (1989), but began his career with the first volume of the Starwolves sequence – comprising The Starwolves (1988), Starwolves: Battle of the Ring (1989), Starwolves: Tactical Error (1991) and Starwolves: Dreadnought (1992) – which is rousing Space Opera, marshalling human warriors against a sentient ...

Trent, Gregory

One of several pseudonyms of US teacher, screenwriter and author Thames Ross Williamson (1894-1961), best known under his own name for a nonfantastic tale, Woods Colt (1933). His work of sf interest is restricted to Prehistoric SF tales for children, In the Stone Age: A Boy's Story of the Early Paleolithic Period (1937) and A Tamer of Beasts: A Boy's Story of the Early Neolithic Period (1938); their intent is didactic, though they are written with novelistic verve. Williamson's books as by ...

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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