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Reed, Douglas

(1895-1976) UK author, in South Africa from 1947, initially best known for controversial political/cultural studies like Insanity Fair (1938); the essays on World War Two assembled in All Our Tomorrows (coll 1942) culminate in a vision of Hermann Goering in 1979. In his sf novel, The Next Horizon (1945; vt Yeoman's Progress 1946), an Everyman figure and his family experience the twentieth century up to the end of the War, at which point they decide that Communism and Zionism were destroying ...


Role Playing Game (1989). FASA. Designed by Bob Charrette, Tom Dowd, Paul Hume. / The setting for Shadowrun is a curious Science and Sorcery fusion of high Fantasy and Cyberpunk, an innovation which greatly appealed to many players but has resulted in adverse comments on its aesthetics from, amongst others, William Gibson. Some aspects of the design are closely based on actual technology and history, notably the rules for handling shamanic magic and Cyberspace, but the primary influences on ...

Children of the Night

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Fanzine printed on middle-grade paper. Published by Derek Jensen. Editors: Derek Jensen and Matthew Le Master. Ten issues, 1975 to 1985. / A high-quality fanzine with a very irregular schedule, this title carried a great deal of material on the performer Christopher Lee plus considerable amount of coverage of sf films and Television, the latter including such productions as the series Space: 1999 (1975-1977). Among the films examined were Jaws (1975), ...

Atherton, Gertrude

(1857-1948) US author, biographer and historian. In a long career that extended from 1882 to 1946 she published about 50 books in a multitude of genres, beginning to publish work of genre interest with "The Caves of Death" for San Francisco News Letter in 1886; her first novel was an occult romance involving metempsychosis, What Dreams May Come: A Romance (1888) as by Frank Lin (see Reincarnation). In The White Morning: A Novel of the Power of the German Women in Wartime (short version December ...

Tilley, Patrick

(1928-2020) UK author who initially studied art at the University of Durham and worked as a graphic designer 1955-1968, then as a film scriptwriter. His first sf novel, Fade-Out (1975; exp 1977), after the fashion of borderline works like Fail-Safe (13-27 October 1962 Saturday Evening Post; 1962) by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler, concentrates long-windedly on the workings of government and military in a Technothriller context, in this instance displaced sf-wards by the fact that the action ...

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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