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Howard, Robin G

(1939-    ) UK author of the Jim Long sequence of Space Opera adventures for Young Adult readers, comprising Jim Long – Space Agent – Ancient Ones of Light (1994), White Hole: Jim Long – Space Agent (2000), Soulgate: Temple of Souls (2006), Divine Fanaticism (2010) and Battle of the Archangel (2012 ebook), plus the related collection Adventures in Space & Fiction Fantasy (coll 2015 ebook). All the tales are episodic, but the second unusually features a ...

Francis, Richard H

Working name of UK author and academic Richard Francis (1945-    ), who added a fictitious "H" to distinguish himself from Dick Francis, the thriller writer. His first novel, Blackpool Vanishes (1979), tells the quirky, extremely English story of what happens when microscopic Aliens kidnap the town of Blackpool. In Whispering Gallery (1984) the Invention of a link between bacteria and viruses becomes complicated when it turns out that the new strain can serve – ...

Nagaoka Shūsei

Working name of Shūzō Nagaoka (1936-2015), a Japanese artist who specialized in graphic design and album cover Illustration. Nagaoka was born in Nagasaki but raised on the remote island of Iki in south-west Japan; his first published work appeared in the magazine Chūgakusei no Tomo ["Middle Schooler's Friend"] in 1955, before he had finished high school. He dropped out of Musashino Art University in 1958 to pursue a career in commercial art, and established an art studio in ...

It Came from the Desert

Videogame (1989). Cinemaware. Designed by David Riordan. Platforms: Amiga (1989); DOS (1990); rev PCEngineCD (1992). / Much influenced by the "atomic ant" epic Them! (1954), It Came From The Desert is suggestive of such contemporary films as Tremors (1989) in its loving homage to the Monster Movies of the 1950s. The game conspicuously references Hollywood traditions, especially the narrative conventions of the action movie. Unlike later "Interactive Movies" such as Obsidian (1996), It Came ...

Stasheff, Christopher

(1944-2018) US author with a PhD in theatre, a subject he taught at university level; his writing career began with and has remained almost wholly dedicated to the variously interconnected Science Fantasy Warlock series, the first being the Warlock/Rod Gallowglass sequence, whose internal chronology begins with a book several titles into the sequence, Escape Velocity (1983), then continues untroubled with The Warlock in Spite of Himself (1969), Stasheff's first book (and perhaps his best), and ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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