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Rechts, Albert

Pseudonym of Irish lawyer, journalist and author Charles Brett (1928-2005), who wrote architectural studies as C E B Brett; Handbook to a Hypothetical City (1986 chap) as Albert Rechts traces the contours through time of a City not dissimilar to those that appear in the works of Italo Calvino, with the lives depicted here in outline strongly evoking the elaborately staged lives of urban dwellers in many Dying Earth tales. Albert Rechts is an anagram of Charles Brett. [JC]

Fate of the World

Videogame (2011). Red Redemption (RR). Designed by Gobion Rowlands, Ian Roberts, Amy O'Neil. Platforms: Mac, Win (2011); rev vt Fate of the World: Tipping Point (2012). / Fate of the World is an Independent Game, created in the UK, which simulates the effects – physical, economic and political – of Climate Change. Its design is essentially that of a God Game; it resembles such "kingdom simulators" as the prototypal Hamurabi (also known as The Sumer Game), but with its scope ...

Latimer, John

(1937-    ) Canadian author, mostly of Young Adult novels, whose The Last Pharaoh (1970) is a Lost Race tale set in Egypt, where a civilization untouched for thousands of years is discovered. Border of Darkness (1972) and Kelpie's Burn (1976) are fantasies. [JC]

Olney, Ross R

(1929-    ) US author, anthologist and newspaper reporter and columnist who has published over 180 books in his career, mostly nonfiction on various subjects for juvenile audiences, ranging from automobiles to Space Flight. Olney is of some sf interest for a reprint Anthology aimed at teenage readers, Tales of Time and Space (anth 1969). This contains stories by Poul Anderson, Fredric Brown, Jack Finney, Robert Silverberg and others. Olney also edited the Horror anthology ...

Spano, Jr, Charles A

(1948-    ) US author known mainly for an early Tie to the Star Trek universe, Spock, Messiah! (1976) with Theodore R Cogswell. He has also written occasional short fiction, not connected to that universe. [JC]

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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