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Catch-all term that began as a descriptor of anonymous Urban Legends copied and reposted on the Internet and has grown to encompass a online folk Horror tradition with millions of adherents. Creepypastas are the campfire stories of the digital realm, reflecting the fears and anxieties of the first generation to have grown up as natives of that world. / Although creepypasta is a flexible term, traditionally they are short, first-person accounts of supposedly true-life encounters with the ...

Midnight Gospel, The

US animated online tv series (2020). Netflix. Created by Pendleton Ward (see Adventure Time; Bravest Warriors) and Duncan Trussell. Executive producers include Pendleton Ward and Duncan Trussell. Directed by Pendleton Ward. Writers include Mike L. Mayfield, Duncan Trussell and Pendleton Ward. Voice cast includes Phil Hendrie and Duncan Trussell. Eight 20-37 minute episodes. Colour. / Living in a caravan in the "Chromatic Ribbon" Dimension, wastrel Clancy Gilroy (Trussell) creates podcasts ...

McQuinn, Donald E

(1930-    ) US soldier and author whose first sf novel (his fifth overall), Warrior (1990), packs into its setting – a Ruined Earth America 500 years after the nation's nuclear destruction – almost every Cliché available to writers of barbarian-warrior novels: a variety of agon-based tribal societies; a woman-run church; a batch of twenty-first-century warriors freshly resurrected from Cryonic slumber and ready for a fight; an evil monarch bent on ...

Walton, Barbara E

(?   -    ) US author of a Shared World Tie to the Television series Quantum Leap, Quantum Leap: Odyssey (1995), whose storyline reflects the general bent of, but does not duplicate any episode in, the actual series. [JC]

Dewdney, A K

(1941-    ) Canadian mathematician and computer scientist whose sf novel, The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World (1984), intriguingly updates Edwin A Abbott's Flatland (1884); its Flatland protagonist, Yndrd, attempts to penetrate from his world of Arde into an epiphanous "reality beyond reality", making contact as he does with a roundworld Computer programmed to simulate two-dimensional existence (see Dimensions). The portrayal of two-dimensional life ...

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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