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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Tregillis, Ian

(1973-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Tin Man's Lament" in Inside Straight (anth 2008) edited by George R R Martin, a Wild Cards Braid; he is best known for his complicatedly Equipoisal Milkweed Triptych, starting with Bitter Seeds (2010), set in an ...

Lunar Lander

Videogame (1969). Designed by Jim Storer. Platforms: Mainframe, Arcade, Others. / The first version of Lunar Lander, known as the Lunar Landing Game (1969 Mainframe) and designed by Jim Storer, was turn-based, using a keyboard to accept commands and a teletype printer to display the results. In a homage to the Apollo missions, players had to land a lunar module on the surface of the Moon, while conserving ...

Desmond, Shaw

(1877-1960) Irish author, poet, founder of the International Institute for Psychical Research in 1934, and author of many works on the afterlife and several Scientific Romances. Democracy (1919) predicts a Near Future revolution in the UK. The Dystopian Ragnarok (1926) envisages the destruction of civilization through a worldwide ...

La Salle, Victor

A House Name used on early paperback sf novels published by John Spencer and Co. (later Badger Books); all this publisher's 1951-1954 titles were bylined either La Salle or Karl Zeigfreid, another Spencer house name. Menace from Mercury (1954) was the first-published novel of the prolific R L Fanthorpe (his only La Salle title). ...

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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