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Steele, Allen

(1958-    ) US journalist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Live from the Mars Hotel" for Asimov's, mid-December 1988; his short fiction has been assembled as Rude Astronauts: Real and Imagined Stories (coll 1993), All-American Alien Boy (coll 1996), American Beauty (coll 2003) and The Last Science Fiction Writer (coll 2008). Several of his stories have won prizes, including: "The Death of Captain Future" (October 1995 Asimov's), which won a Seiun ...

Nuetzel, Charles

(1934-    ) US self-styled hack author, son of illustrator Albert Nuetzel (1901-1969), who began publishing work of genre interest with "A Very Cultured Taste" (1960 Jade Magazine); in various genres, under a variety of names, he wrote over seventy paperback novels. Lost City of the Damned (1961 as by Alec Rivere; exp vt Jungle Jungle 1969 as Nuetzel) was a routine though very late Lost Race tale. Lovers: 2075 (1964) as by Charles English, only mildly erotic – like ...

Borderlands [game]

Videogame (2009). Gearbox Software (GS). Designed by Matthew Armstrong. Platforms: PS3, Win, XB360 (2009); Mac (2010). / Borderlands is an "action RPG" (see Computer Role Playing Games), much influenced by First Person Shooters but in essence resembling a science-fictional variant of the hack and slash fantasy game Diablo (1997). Players wander the blasted deserts of the planet Pandora, performing missions for assorted patrons, battling (often randomly generated) enemies and looting their ...

Kievnauchfilm

Ukranian film studio founded in 1943 which initially produced science documentaries (the name is a contraction of Kiev Science Films), but in 1959 Irina Gurvich, Ippolit Lazarchuk and Nina Vasilenko opened an animation workshop that, until its closure in 1998, made over 300 films, mainly shorts, usually for television. Ukrainian animation had began in 1927 with Vyacheslav Levandovskiy's The Chaff Goby (original title Solomennyi Biychok), but was eventually cut short by the 1932/1933 Holodomor ...

Bégouën, Max

(1893-1961) French prehistorian and author of three Prehistoric SF tales, of which only Les bisons d'argile (1925; trans Robert Luther Duffus as Bison of Clay 1926) has appeared in English; it speculatively depicts the life of prehistoric totem-worshipping humans in the foothills of the Pyrenees (see Origin of Man). Bégouën's entry for the Prix Jules Verne (see Awards), "Quand le mammouth ressuscita" ["When the Mammoth Revived"] (April-May 1928 Lectures Pour Tous) placed second, and ...

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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