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Fodor, Ronald V

(1944-    ) US author of a Near Future tale of averted Disaster, Impact! (1979) with G J Taylor, in which a meteor threatens Earth. [JC]

Topol, Allan

(1941-    ) US lawyer and author, usually of nonfantastic (though occasionally implausible) political thrillers; of sf interest is The Fourth of July War (1978), a Near Future tale in which America, threatened by attempts by OPEC to jump up the price of oil (again), mounts a successful Invasion of the Middle East, and saves cheap oil for the world. [JC]

Calvet, Emile

(?   -?   ) French author of whom little or nothing is known, and who according to Brian Stableford in his introduction to Dans Mille Ans (1883 Musée des Familles; 1884; trans Stableford as In a Thousand Years 2013), may be pseudonymous. His text is a Utopia based on the argument that advances in science and Technology are necessary for – and in fact engineer – social and moral progress. Specific (and remarkably detailed) advances in the uses of ...

Ariss, Bruce

(1911-1994) US author, illustrator, designer, inventor, muralist and theatre director/producer who studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and then at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland. He published "Dreadful Secret of Jonas Harper" as early as 1948 in What's Doing? Magazine, long before he published his one sf novel, Full Circle (1963), about a Post-Holocaust conflict between Amerindians and a tiny cadre of white survivors of the War of Poisoned Lightning (see World ...

City of Heroes

Videogame (2004). Cryptic Studios (CS). Platforms: Win (2004); Mac (2009). / City of Heroes was a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, set in a "four colour" Superhero world similar to that of classic Comic books from DC Comics and Marvel Comics, where virtuous Heroes were forever rescuing helpless citizens from the machinations of evil masterminds. The game design concentrated on the superpowered battles and archetypal paragons of its source materials rather than on their ...

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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