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Ciencin, Scott

(1962-    ) US author and Comics writer who has published as by Richard Awlinson and as by Nick Baron as well as under his own name. Much of Ciencin's sizeable output is Fantasy, chiefly Ties to Shared World enterprises (such as Forgotten Realms, titles not listed below, where the Awlinson name was used). Tied franchises of direct sf interest to which he ...

Hall, Frances

(1913-1997) US author whose sf debut was "A as in Android" (August 1964 If) and who wrote Pretender (1979) with Piers Anthony, an sf novel in which Aliens visit ancient Babylon. [JC/DRL]

Carpenter, Humphrey

(1946-2005) UK author and broadcaster, a graduate of Keble College in Oxford, where he read English; best known for his popular biographies of literary figures and groups, in particular two sympathetic early studies of J R R Tolkien and his fellow-Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography (1977) and The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and Their Friends (1978), the latter winning ...

Redstone Science Fiction

US downloadable Online Magazine published and edited by Michael E Ray and Paul Clemmons, Decatur, Alabama; it appeared monthly from June 2010 to September 2012. / Although it was an SFWA qualifying market, meaning that it paid full professional rates, the magazine still looked basic and unprepossessing, with limited artwork; the stories by better known writers, such as Cory Doctorow and Ken ...

Arrival, The

US/Mexican film (1996). Live Entertainment, Steelwork Films, Mediaworks. Directed and written by David Twohy. Cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff, Ron Silver and Charlie Sheen. 115 minutes. Colour. / Low-budget Paranoid sf thriller in which the hapless radio-astronomer protagonist Zane Zaminsky (Sheen), working on SETI at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, detects an ...

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, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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