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Stoughton, Richard P

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novel, Ultima One (1980), depicts a Disaster in space that affects Earth; there is some sense that Homo sapiens has been morally culpable. [JC]

Call of Cthulhu

Role Playing Game (1981). Chaosium. Designed by Sandy Petersen. / Call of Cthulhu is an authorized interpretation of H P Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos in the role playing medium. The core game, set in the 1920s, effectively reflects the central concerns of the Mythos stories, with some variations. Lovecraft's work typically confronts a ...

Roeg, Nicolas

(1928-2018) UK director who entered the Cinema industry as an editing apprentice in 1947, rising to cinematographer in 1959 and working in this capacity on (inter alia) the Edgar Allan Poe-based The Masque of the Red Death (1964) directed by Roger Corman and the Ray Bradbury-based Fahrenheit 451 (1966) directed by François ...

Wells, Robison

(1978-    ) US author whose Young Adult Variant sequence comprising Variant (2011) and Feedback (2012), set initially in a highschool that turns out to be a coercive Keep whose students/inmates are forced to enter into actions and conflicts whose entailments loosely evoke Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (1985); in the second volume, ...

Turner, George

(1916-1997) Australian sf critic and author, whose connection with sf came quite late in life, long after the publication 1959-1967 of his first five novels, all of them mainstream; they were eventually followed by Transit of Cassidy (1978), also nonfantastic. He became well known for somewhat stern sf criticism in the 1970s, published in SF Commentary, Foundation and elsewhere, and ...

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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