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Wellington, David

(1971-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Chuy and the Fish" in The Undead (anth 2005) edited by Elijah Hall and D L Snell; also writes as D Nolan Clark, a pseudonym restricted to his sf. Most of Wellington's work has been horror, with an emphasis on Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies (see Horror in SF), his first series, the Frostbite sequence beginning with Frostbite: A Werewolf Tale (2009; vt Cursed: A Werewolf Tale 2010) being typical. Of some ...

Dark Conspiracy

Role Playing Game (1991). Game Developers' Workshop (GDW). Designed by Lester Smith. / The world of Dark Conspiracy is one of disintegration, in which both society and reality have begun to collapse. It is set in a twenty-first century where, as in Dark Future (1988), economic failure and ecological breakdown have led to political fragmentation; the superpowers of the previous century have broken up into patchwork quilts of minor states, struggling for dominance with newly powerful ...

Hastings, Milo

(1884-1957) US nutritionist, editor – for many years involved in magazine projects with Bernarr Macfadden – and author, sometimes on agricultural subjects; The Dollar Hen (1909) is a nonfiction text about hens. With striking accuracy, his Future War sf stories centre on conflict between either Japan or Germany and the rest of the world. The first of them, "In the Clutch of the War-God: The Tale of the Orient's Invasion of the Occident, as Chronicled in the Humaniculture Society's ...

Silberrad, Una L

(1872-1955) UK author, active for about half a century from the mid 1890s, most of her novels comfortably but lucidly supportive of decent middle-class values established during her early prime, but with a bracing Feminist element detectable in many tales. Of sf interest are the tales assembled as The Affairs of John Bolsover (coll of linked stories 1911), set mostly in Near Future London, mostly around 1960, in which the detective Bolsover solves a variety of political crimes. [JC]

Dimension X

Radio series (1950-1951). NBC-Radio network. Regular staff writers included Ernest Kinroy (1924-2014), George Lefferts, and Howard Rodman. Narrator: Norman Rose. 50 30-minute episodes. / This was one of the earliest adult sf Radio drama anthology series, and was of reasonably high quality; most instalments were based on published sf stories, although Kinroy and Lefferts contributed several original plays. Dimension X was partnered with Astounding and for the most part adapted stories from ...

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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