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Gatiss, Mark

(1966-    ) UK actor and author, best known in his sometime capacity as a member of The League of Gentlemen, a comedy team on BBC radio and television since 1995, acting in and co-authoring a spin-off film, The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005). Although not strictly science-fictional, The League of Gentlemen's work – mainly focusing on the fictional Northern English town of Royston Vasey – makes frequent reference to film and television works of the ...

Newman, Kim

(1959-    ) UK author and broadcaster who remains as well known for his film criticism as for his fiction, though the latter has become increasingly dominant in his output. His film books express a generically savvy, sophisticatedly wry vision of their subject matters, a vision also articulated in the weekly reviews he has conducted on television since 1989. Newman began publishing sf with "Dreamers" for Interzone in Summer 1984, rapidly establishing a name for liquidly ...

Laser Squad

Videogame (1988). Target Games (TG). Designed by Julian Gollop. Platforms: C64, Spectrum (1988); Amiga, Amstrad, AtariST (1989); DOS (1992). / Laser Squad is a turn-based Computer Wargame with a two-dimensional overhead view whose subject is combat between small groups of soldiers on the surfaces of alien worlds. Its game mechanics greatly resemble those of squad level Wargames such as Starsoldier (1977) (see Starforce: Alpha Centauri), adapted for a Videogame. Many early Computer Wargames ...

Charrette, Robert N

(1953-    ) US author and Game designer, often as Bob Charrette. He co-designed the sf Role Playing Games Aftermath (1981) – with a Post-Holocaust setting – and Shadowrun (1989). His fiction consists mostly of sf and fantasy Ties, including game novelizations for the Battletech (1984) franchise and his own Shadowrun. The Artos sequence, beginning with A Prince Among Men (1994), and the Chronicles of Aelwyn, beginning with Timespell (1996), are not ...

Craine, E J

(1881-?   ) US bookkeeper and author of many Young Adult titles in the 1920s and 1930s, some of which rationalize supernatural elements; the only titles with genuine fantasy content are written for younger readers. She is of sf interest primarily for her Airplane Boys sequence (see Airplane Boys), which was also published – simultaneously or soon after – as the Flying Buddies sequence, or the Sky Larking Comrades sequence as by M Delmore Marquith. These various forms ...

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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