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Coonts, Stephen

(1946-    ) US author and editor, author of the Saucer sequence, comprising Saucer (2003) and Saucer: The Conquest (2005), in which a young man discovers an ancient artefact – the eponymous spaceship – and must fight friend and foe in order to retain it in order to save humanity. Coonts's Military SF anthology, Combat (anth 2001; in three cut parts, all three together making up the whole, vt Combat #1 2001, cut vt Combat #2 2002 and cut vt Combat #3 2002), ...

Escher, M C

Working name of Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972). He had no real connections to either sf literature or sf Illustration during his career as an artist specializing in woodcuts and lithographs. However, he is renowned for regularly employing Mathematics to depict impossible scenes, effectively classifying him as an sf artist – and one of great significance, since his paradoxical works relate to bedrock concepts like Sense of Wonder and Conceptual Breakthrough far more than ...

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 ...

Night Cry

US Digest-sized magazine (1984-1987) published by TZ Publications Inc of New York; edited by T E D Klein (#1-#3) and then Alan Rodgers (#4-#11). Eleven issues in all, dated from 1984 (no month or season given) to Fall 1987. / This weird-fiction spinoff from Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine began with a Twilight Zone special billed on the cover as "20 Tales of Heartstopping Terror from Rod Serling's Twilight Zone Magazine", comprising reprinted stories (plus features) from 1981-1984 ...

Battlecruiser 3000 AD

Videogame (1996). 3000AD. Designed by Derek Smart. Platforms: DOS, Win. / The Battlecruiser franchise is famous both for the length of time it has spent in development and for the combative personality of its designer. The first version, Battlecruiser 3000 AD, was intended to be a universal Space Sim using three-dimensional graphics, in which players could roam through a simulated galaxy without restrictions. It was released after seven years of work to exceptionally poor reviews; the game ...

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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