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Hoch, Edward D

(1930-2008) US author best known for his crime novels and stories, his first story, "Village of the Dead" for Famous Detective Stories in December 1955, introducing Simon Ark, an Occult Detective [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] who claims to be a 2000-year-old Coptic priest. Some of these stories are collected in The Judges of Hades and Other Simon Ark Stories (coll 1971), City of Brass and Other Simon Ark Stories (coll 1971) and The Quests of Simon Ark (1984); they are only ...

Temple, William F

(1914-1989) UK author who began his activities in the sf world before World War Two as an active fan, a member of the British Interplanetary Society and editor of its Bulletin, and a flatmate of Arthur C Clarke. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Kosso" in Thrills (anth 1935) edited anonymously by Charles Birkin (1907-1986), a Horror in SF tale in which a tree, given Intelligence by a scientist, rebels; other early fiction includes an Amateur Magazine appearance with "Mr. ...

Eberle, Merab

(1891-1959) US editor, poet, author of children's plays and of some sf, her only magazine story being "The Mordant" for Amazing in March 1930. A second tale was published as the first half of The Thought Translator/The Creation (anth 1930 chap), volume 9 in Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series of short volumes focusing on relatively unknown writers. Neither story stands out remarkably, though both are readable. [JC]

Sunless Sea

Videogame (2014). Failbetter Games. Designed by Alexis Kennedy. Platforms: PC. / Expanding the world first seen in Fallen London (2009), Sunless Sea takes the player away from the smoke of Fallen London in order to sail and explore the mysterious Unterzee that surrounds it. The game is considerably different from the original, changing the genre of the game and expanding the compact, narratively dense world created in Fallen London. / The sunless "Unterzee" of the game moves the player ...

Swanwick, Michael

(1950-    ) US author who began to publish sf with "The Feast of St Janis" for New Dimensions 11 (anth 1980) edited by Marta Randall and Robert Silverberg, and who became known, very rapidly, as an author of intensely crafted, complex tales whose multiple layering allows his conventional sf plots and venues to be understood as exercises in mythopoesis, somewhat after the manner of Gene Wolfe's shorter works, though less perplexingly. Swanwick was not prolific in the 1980s, ...

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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