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Alien Critic, The

US Fanzine edited from Portland, Oregon, by Richard E Geis. For its first three issues, The Alien Critic was an informal magazine written entirely by the editor and titled Richard E. Geis. With the title-change in 1973, the magazine's contents began to diversify, featuring regular columns by John Brunner and Ted White as well as a variety of articles and a series of interviews with sf authors and artists, although its characteristic flavour still derived from the editor's own outspoken reviews ...

Creative Brother's Sci-Fi Magazine

US low-paying print-on-demand Semiprozine produced and edited by Cecil Washington of Oxon Hill, Maryland. It ran for eleven issues from October 2003 to May 2008, usually two issues per year. The magazine was dedicated to running Speculative Fiction either by Black writers or featuring Black characters and Black themes, but it was evident from Washington's regular editorial pleas that acquiring such fiction in sufficient quantity and quality was a constant struggle, added to which sales of the ...

Butler, Robert Olen

(1945-    ) US author, much of whose early work intensively capitalized on his experience in the American Army Military Intelligence in Vietnam 1969 to 1972, when he learned to speak Vietnamese. Countrymen of Bones (1983) offers just short of literal Fantastika some analogies between an archaeological mystery and nuclear tests. Some of his later work – like the stories assembled in Tabloid Dreams (coll 1996), each story narrated by someone who has literally experienced ...


Role Playing Game (2000). Wizards of the Coast (WOTC). Designed by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams. / d20 is a generic system for running any type of RPG, with a unified mechanic for performing most actions using a twenty-sided polyhedral die (a "d20"). The original rules were derived from the third edition of the Dungeons and Dragons fantasy game, the rights to which were acquired by Wizards of the Coast when they purchased Tactical Studies Rules, making the system a distant ...

Llewellyn, Edward

Working name of Welsh-born physician, biomedical engineer and author Edward Llewellyn-Thomas (1917-1984), in Canada from 1951; he held professorships variously in pharmacology, medicine, electrical engineering and psychology, publishing at least sixty papers in his linked specialities from the mid 1950s on. Most of his sf is set loosely in the same universe; his first three novels – the Douglas Convolution sequence comprising The Douglas Convolution (1979), The Bright Companion (1980) and ...

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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