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Lanchester, John

(1962-    ) German-born journalist and author, in UK from 1972, most of whose fiction has been nonfantastic, though his first novel, The Debt to Pleasure (1996), comes close to regions of Fantastika as its gourmet protagonist travels through a surreal France, arriving at what he claims to be his home, which he immediately weaponizes. Capital (2012) is a nonfantastic anatomy of London and ...

Flash Gordon Strange Adventure Magazine

US letter-size Pulp magazine; one issue, December 1936, published by C J H Publications; edited by Harold Hersey. The featured novel was "The Master of Mars" by James Edison Northfield (as per the contents page) or Northford (as per the story heading). Flash Gordon Strange Adventure Magazine, intended to be a monthly juvenile magazine, was notable for its eight full-page coloured interior illustrations, all by Fred Meagher, the ...

Dark Future

Miniature model-based Wargame (1988). Games Workshop (GW). Designed by Richard Halliwell, Marc Gascoigne. / Dark Future is a game of highway combat, in which players take the role of "Sanctioned Ops" (freelance law enforcement operatives) or "Renegades" (members of criminal gangs). The gameplay is heavily influenced by the earlier Car Wars (1982); the major differences are that ...

Adrian, Chris

(1970-    ) US medical doctor and author who began publishing short fiction in 1997, some of it of interest as demonstrations of his instinct for Equipoise; much of this material has been assembled as A Better Angel: Stories (coll 2008). His first novel, Gob's Grief (2000), similarly shifts among genres; set during the American Civil War, it follow's its protagonist's search for his dead identical twin – he is ...

Carrigan, Richard A

(1932-    ) US physicist, for many years involved in various serious positions with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), and a prolific author of papers and books in his field; he was later Guest Scientist in the Accelerator Division at Fermilab. His father, Richard A Carrigan (1906-1996) was also a scientist. With his wife, the artist Nancy Carrigan (1933-2014), Carrigan is the author of an sf novel, The Siren Stars (March-May 1970 ...

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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