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Kozerski, Paul

(?   -    ) US author of a Near Future thriller, Skylock (2002), in which a Ruined Earth America wracked by Disasters and attendant Climate Change is traversed by a courier, who faces apocalyptic threats as he tries to save his land from foreign enemies. [JC]


An imagined extra planet of our own solar system, supposedly sharing Earth's orbit but always concealed from observation by its position on the far side of the Sun (that is, at or near the L3 Lagrange Point of the Earth-Sun system). The concept is ancient: Pythagoras proposed both the world, which he called Antichthon, and the mechanism of its concealment in the fifth century BCE. Although Counter-Earth – or Vulcan, as it is occasionally named – would not in fact remain hidden owing ...

Freas, Frank Kelly

(1922-2005) American illustrator, born Frank Kelly; he added the last name Freas after his stepfather adopted him, and was often known professionally simply as Kelly Freas. For many years, Freas was sf's most popular artist, and he surely qualifies as its most productive; after half a century of steady work, his accomplishments were staggering. / After some freelance jobs and military service during World War II, the self-trained Freas decided to pursue his longstanding interest in science ...

Final Fantasy

Videogame (1987). Square. Designed by Hironobu Sakaguchi. Platforms: NES (1987); MSX (1989); WSC (2000); PS1 (2002); PSP (2007); vt Final Fantasy Origins PS1 (2002); vt Final Fantasy Mobile Phone (2004); vt Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls GBA (2004); vt Final Fantasy Anniversary Edition PSP (2007); iOS (2010). / The series that began with Final Fantasy is the most commercially successful sf-like Videogame franchise to 2012, outstripped in worldwide popularity only by the various ...


US magazine, four issues Summer 1990 to Spring 1991, letter-size, published McAlpine Publishing, Virginia Beach, Virginia; edited by Richard Rowand. The magazine emphasized that it was "for the SF Reader", with the varying shout-line, "Science Fiction for the Enthusiast!!" or "Science Fiction for the Connoisseur!!". The contents, though, were a mix of science fiction (including Hard SF) and borderline sf/fantasy and included the provocative religious fantasy "A Candle in the Sun" (Winter 1990) ...

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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