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Holy War

Board and counter Wargame (1979). Metagaming Concepts. Designed by Lynn Willis. / Holy War's framing narrative describes the creation of a Pocket Universe in which time passes at a greatly accelerated rate by a vast alien entity. After the construction is complete, this being realizes that life has appeared on one of the planets orbiting the handful of stars in its microverse. While the entity is considering the ...

Lewis, Henry

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Way Out: The Social Revolution in Retrospect, Viewed from A D 2050 (1932 chap), in which an historian describes the creation of a socialist Utopia from the happy perspective of a peaceful 2050. [JC]

Cosmos Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine

1. US Digest-size magazine. 4 issues, irregular, September 1953 to July 1954, published by Star Publications; edited by L B Cole. This was an unremarkable magazine of moderate standard which published no memorable fiction; the actual editing was done by Laurence M Janifer at the Scott Meredith Literary Agency. Meredith had arranged a packaging deal with a number of publishers to produce crime, mystery and sf magazines ...

Cameron, Claire

(1973-    ) Canadian author whose third novel, The Last Neanderthal (2017), combines a Prehistoric SF narrative – whose Neanderthal protagonist finds herself intimately involved with a Homo sapiens male as the weather worsens – with the twenty-first century story of a pregnant archaeologist who, 40,000 years later, discovers her ancestor's bones. The close community of Neanderthal and Homo sapiens is ...

Lindsay, Joan

(1896-1984) Australian painter and author; she was born Joan à Beckett Weigall into an Australian family prominent in the arts. Of some interest, for its spoofing of the Fantastic Voyage and of the Lost Race tale, is Through Darkest Pondelayo: An Account of the Adventures of Two English Ladies on a Cannibal Island (1936) as by Serena Livingstone-Stanley. Just as the publication of an excised framing ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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