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Edelstein, Scott

(1954-    ) US editor, poet and author, active almost exclusively in the 1970s, who began to publish work of genre interest with "An Unpleasant End" in New Worlds 6: The Science Fiction Quarterly (anth 1973; vt New Worlds #5 1974) edited by Michael Moorcock and Charles Platt. He has published no novels. His one Anthology, Future Pastimes (anth 1977), is substantial, including takes on the speculative nature of Games and Sports from a wide range of authors, including original ...

Travis, John

(?   -    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Splintered Forest" in Phantoms for March 1997, assembled with other short fiction in Mostly Monochrome Stories (coll 2009), a title belied by the author's vivid mixing of genres and tonalities (see Horror in SF). He is of sf interest specifically for the patently Equipoisal Benji Spriteman sequence comprising The Terror and the Tortoiseshell (2010) and The Designated Coconut (2012), a ...

Hill, Peter

(?   -    ) UK author and Television scriptwriter, formerly a detective inspector in the London Metropolitan Police, now living in New Zealand; his novels include several crime thrillers not listed below. He began to publish work of sf interest with Survivors: Genesis of a Hero (1977) as by John Eyers, Tie to the Television series Survivors (1975-1977) which is set some time after the series ends, in a balkanized Post-Holocaust UK still traumatized by the ...

Aratus

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of A Voyage to the Moon, Strongly Recommended to All Lovers of Real Freedom (1793 chap) a thinly disguised Satire on British Politics and society (see Sociology). Written at the time of both the French and American Revolutions and during the anti-radical administration of William Pitt the Younger, it is a polemic for freedom (see Libertarian SF), alluding to Great Britain as a Dystopia. The first-person narrator ...

Robotron 2084

Videogame (1982). Vid Kidz (VK). Designed by Eugene Jarvis, Larry DeMar. Platforms: Arcade, Others. / Robotron is a two-dimensional arcade game (see Videogames) in which the player must defend the last human family against unending waves of hostile Robots. The game is notable for its frantic pace. Enemies attack continuously from all sides, while the player must use two joysticks to fire and move simultaneously. Where the designers' earlier game Defender (1980) is about speed and freedom, ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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