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Cantrell, Christian

(1973-    ) US software entrepreneur and author whose Near Future Children of Occam sequence beginning with Containment (2010) traverses various planets of our Solar System including Venus, which is under process of being occupied by Homo sapiens as Earth has been spoliated by Ecological degradation and Climate Change. In the sequel, Equinox (2015), set farther into the future, descendants of scientists trapped on a Space Station maintain a fragile compact with the home ...

Ayckbourn, Alan

(1939-    ) UK playwright, active from 1959 with at least eighty-five plays produced; much of his work verges into Fantastika, some of which is of strong specific sf interest, including a triad of dramas which might almost (but not quite) be thought of as a loose series devoted to Androids in distressed English domestic environments. Henceforward (performed 1987; 1988) is set in an oppressive Near Future where a blocked composer uses his personal Robot to reshape his bad ...

Fantasy [magazines]

Title used on two early UK sf magazines. / 1. UK Pulp magazine published by George Newnes Ltd, edited by T Stanhope Sprigg (1903-1977) as a companion to his highly successful Air Stories. It saw three undated issues released in Summer 1938 and Spring and Summer 1939. Its material, though now badly dated, was typical of the stereotypical pulp fiction of the day and included work by John Beynon Harris (see John Wyndham), John Russell Fearn, Eric Frank Russell and the ageing George C Wallis. ...

Kamkondo, Dede

Working name of the acclaimed and versatile Malawian author Wisdom C Kamkondo (1957-2006), who studied sociology, literature and linguistics in Malawi and Wales, and was later a lecturer at the University of Malawi. He also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, USAid, etc. In 1995 he came to the US on a Fullbright scholarship to study at Michigan State University, but did not complete his studies owing to illness. Versatile, and acclaimed during his lifetime, he wrote numerous short ...

Android: Netrunner

Collectible Card Game (2012). Fantasy Flight Games. Designed by Richard Garfield, Lukas Litzsinger. / Android: Netrunner (more commonly known as Netrunner) is a Living Card Game (LCG) (see Collectible Card Game) for two players. It is based on Richard Garfield's previous game, Netrunner (1996). Netrunner is a successor to Magic: The Gathering (1993) (see Card Games), also by Richard Garfield, but it is a useful mark of how far card games of this nature have developed since then, as the two ...

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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