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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). Dawn of the Half-Gods (1953; vt Space Void 1960 as by John E Muller) and Twilight Zone (1954) were by John S Glasby; both were reprinted, the former with its variant ...


This entry deals with sf-based toys; for discussion of fictional toys, see Toys in SF. / From a commercial point of view, sf toys used to be traditionally more important than sf Games, and they have at least as long a history. They continue to be of greater commercial significance than Role Playing Games, WarGames or Gamebooks, but were outstripped by the popularity of the growing Videogame industry at some point during the 1990s. / Wind-up toy Robots had become popular by the ...

Kreighbaum, Mark

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Field of Honor" for Midnight Zoo vol 2 #3 in 1992; in his Planetary Romance sequence The Pinch – comprising Palace: A Novel of the Pinch (1996) with Katharine Kerr and The Eyes of God: A Novel of the Pinch (1998) – the planet known as Palace is the focus of complex intrigues in Cyberspace and out. The Pinch itself is a sector of the home galaxy. [JC]

House of Frankenstein

1. Film (1944). See Frankenstein. / 2. US tv mini-series (1997; vt House of Frankenstein 1997). Universal Television Entertainment for NBC-TV. Produced by Michael R Joyce. Directed by Peter Werner. Written by J B White. Cast includes Peter Crombie, Adrian Pasdar, Teri Polo, CCH Pounder and Greg Wise. 168 minutes. Colour. / In late 1990s Los Angeles (see California), police detective Vernon Coyle is investigating a series of bizarre murders whose victims have been either completely ...

Trust and Betrayal: The Legacy of Siboot

Videogame (1987). Designed by Chris Crawford. Platforms: Mac. / Siboot is a rare example of an attempt to make use of emergent narrative techniques in a Videogame (see Interactive Narrative). The player takes the part of an Alien religious acolyte competing against a number of other Aliens for the "shepherdship". Each individual in the game has variable amounts of three different "auras" – tanaga, katsin and shial. Every night the acolytes fight in their dreams, setting their auras ...

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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