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Andre-Driussi, Michael

(1962-    ) US scholar and author best known for his elucidative bibliographical, lexicographical and archaeological investigations into the decipherment of the more difficult texts of Gene Wolfe. His illuminating guide to Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun sequence in Lexicon Urthus: A Dictionary for the Urth Cycle (1994; exp 2008) – see Checklist below for ancillary pamphlets later integrated into the ...


Videogame (1986). Infocom. Designed by Brian Moriarty. Platforms: Amiga, AppleII, AtariST, C128, DOS, Mac. / Trinity is a text Adventure that combines elements of magic realism, children's fantasy and science fiction, notably Time Travel with an overriding concern with nuclear weapons. The player begins the game as an American tourist in London, where reality seems subtly out of joint. ...

Pavić, Milorad

(1929-2009) Serbian translator, academic, poet and author, active from the 1960s; he remains most famous – and clearly of greatest sf interest – for his first full-length novel, Hazarski rečnik: Roman-leksikon u 100,000 reči (1984 2vols; trans Christina Pribićević-Zorić as Dictionary of the Khazars: A Lexicon Novel in 100,000 Words 1988 2vols), a text comprised of various narrative entries concerning the lost land of Khazar (see ...

Pagel, Stephen

(?   -    ) US editor, publisher and reviewer who has also written as Steve Pagel; worked at Barnes and Noble for ten years to 1995, for the last three as chief US genre buyer; was sales director at White Wolf for three years from 1995; and launched Meisha Merlin Publishing with Kevin Murphy in 1997. He co-edited the three Bending the Landscape genre Anthology series with Nicola ...

Thompson, Colin

(1942-    ) UK illustrator and author, in Australia from 1995; of his very numerous books, many of them for younger children, he is of sf interest for the Young Adult Future Eden sequence beginning with Future Eden: A Brief History of Next Time (1999), which is set in a severely depopulated Ruined Earth world about 200 years hence. The solitary young protagonist, who lives a hardscrabble ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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