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Fairbairns, Zoë

(1948-    ) UK author, almost all of whose work has articulated Feminist concerns and arguments; of her several novels from 1968 on, Benefits (1979) is of sf interest for its Dystopian vision of the fate of women in the twenty-first century, as advances in reproductive technologies permit males to exercise greater control, in fear and loathing, over the female half of the race. "Relics" (in Despatches from the Frontiers of the Female Mind, anth 1985, ed Jen Green and Sarah ...

My Life with Master

Role Playing Game (2003). Half Meme Press. Designed by Paul Czege. / Role Playing Games have been defined as examples of quantified interactive storytelling. Typically, however, only physical actions are resolved using quantified rules, leaving players and Gamemasters free to portray their characters and control the overall flow of the narrative in whatever way they wish. In My Life With Master, an award winning Independent Game, this convention is inverted. The game models a very specific ...

Abyss, The

Film (1989). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by James Cameron. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd. Written by Cameron. Cast includes Michael Biehn, Todd Graff, Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. 146 minutes. Colour. / Despite the largest budget of the period's fantasies set Under the Sea (see Deepstar Six; Leviathan) at about $60 million, and despite director Cameron's impressive track record with sf, this was not a box-office smash. A nuclear-missile-armed US submarine crashes at the edge ...

George, Peter

(1924-1966) UK author and ex-RAF officer whose life and career seem to have been dominated by the topic of nuclear World War Three and its consequences. His best-known sf novel, Two Hours to Doom (1958; vt Red Alert 1958) as by Peter Bryant, was a straightforward story in which a war, inaugurated unilaterally by a general applying the principle of pre-emptive defence (an argument which George presents as demonstrating the general's dementia), almost leads to worldwide Holocaust; when the last ...

Tuttle, Lisa

(1952-    ) US-born author, in the UK from late 1980, married to Christopher Priest 1981-1987. An early member of the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop, she very rapidly established her name as a writer in short forms, beginning with her first story, "Stranger in the House", for Robin Scott Wilson's Clarion II (anth 1972), and winning the 1974 John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stories very frequently make quietly devastating use of genre devices – ...

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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