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Rousseau, Victor

Working name of UK-born author Avigdor Rousseau Emanuel (1879-1960), who also used the pseudonym H M Egbert on his sf, though not exclusively, and signed as V R Emanuel for other work; born of a Jewish father and a French mother – as Sam Moskowitz writes in Under the Moons of Mars (anth 1970) – he lived more and more in the USA after his first arrival in 1901, with periods back in the UK, and in Canada 1912-1916, when much of his significant work was written. After a non-genre ...

McConnell, Ashley

(?   -    ) US author, mostly of Ties, though her first novel, Unearthed (1992), is supernatural horror; she has also written fantasy. She is probably best known for her Ties to two Television series: Quantum Leap (1989-1993), beginning with Quantum Leap: The Novel (1992; vt Quantum Leap: Carny Knowledge 1993), and Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007), beginning with Stargate SG-1 (1998). Among her other tied novels are Highlander: Scimitar (1996) and Buffy the Vampire ...

Cyberpunk [game]

Role Playing Game (1988). R Talsorian Games (RTG). Designed by Michael Pondsmith. / The original version of Cyberpunk is a quintessential eighties game. Both Cyberpunk 2013 (1988 RTG) designed by Michael Pondsmith and its more popular successor Cyberpunk 2020 (1990 RTG) designed by Michael Pondsmith, set seven years after the first edition, are highly evocative of both 1980s popular culture and such early Cyberpunk novels as William Gibson's Neuromancer (1984) and Walter Jon Williams's ...

Thomas D Clareson Award

Instituted in 1995 and named in honour of Thomas D Clareson, the Thomas D Clareson Award for Distinguished Service is presented by the Science Fiction Research Association for outstanding service activities, specified as the promotion of SF teaching and study, editing, reviewing, editorial writing, publishing, organizing meetings, mentoring, and leadership in SF/fantasy organizations. Though early awards were presented to people already prominent in other areas of science fiction, recipients ...

Donson, Cyril

(1919-1986) UK journalist and author, at one period of his life a schoolmaster at the Royal Naval School, Tal Handaq, Malta. The generic nature of his first story – "Mouse Into Man" in Titbits Magazine in 1940 – has not been established. He claimed to have published more than 6000 pieces, fiction and nonfiction, under various names including Lonny Cordis, Russ Kidd, Via Hartford and Anita Mackin. His known sf is, however, restricted to three routine adventures for Robert Hale ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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