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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Videogame (2003). Bioware. Platforms: Win, XBox (2003); Mac (2004). / Knights of the Old Republic is a Computer Role Playing Game using a three-dimensional third person view, set in the Star Wars universe. Its design combines the player created characters and branching plots seen in many Western CRPGs with the emphasis on character backstory and directed narrative commonly associated with Japanese Console Role Playing Games. The game is set four thousand years before Star Wars: Episode I ...

Van Name, Mark L

(1955-    ) US entrepreneur, editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "My Sister, My Self" in Isaac Asimov's Tomorrow's Voices (anth 1984) edited anonymously, the first story in his Jon and Lobo sequence, which after some further short stories continues with One Jump Ahead (2007) – a novel debut which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award – Slanted Jack (2008), Overthrowing Heaven (2009), Children No More (2010) and No Going ...

Griffiths, David Arthur

(circa 1918-?   ) UK author whose obscurity is only marginally lessened by the knowledge that, while working for Curtis Warren, he invited E C Tubb to write his first novels. Under the Pseudonym David Shaw, Griffiths wrote Laboratory "X" (1950), Planet Federation (1950) and Space Men (1951); under the House Name Gill Hunt he wrote Vega (1951) and Fission (1952); and under the House Name King Lang he wrote Gyrator Control (1951), Astro-Race (1951), Task Flight (1951), Rocket ...

Vivian, E Charles

Working name of UK editor and author of popular fiction (1882-1947), born Charles Henry Cannell but apparently changing his name legally to Evelyn Charles Henry Vivian on joining the army at the age of 18, though he wrote some non-genre novels as Charles Cannell, and some short fiction as by Sydney Barrie Lynd, Galbraith Nicolson and A K Walton. Some of that short fiction – including "The Fourth Arm (War in the Clouds): a Strange Story" (August 1915 Pearson's Magazine), "The Multiple ...

Goldsmith, Howard

(1943-    ) US research psychologist and author, mostly for younger readers, whose fiction includes The Whispering Sea (1976); The Shadow, and Other Strange Tales (coll 1977 chap) and Terror by Night, and Other Strange Tales (coll 1977), both was designed for "reluctant readers"; and Invasion: 2200 A.D. (1979). With Roger Elwood he produced the anthology Spine-Chillers: Unforgettable Tales of Terror (anth 1978). [JC]

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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