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Anderson, Dwayne

(1982-    ) Canadian author whose first sf novel, Alien Conflict (2002) features an Alien attempt to prevent World War Four on Earth; his second is Hellfire Apocalypse (2004). [JC]

Payne, Nick

(1984-    ) UK screenwriter and playwright, most of whose dramas pithily compress sometimes transgressive content into stageable form, several of them applying speculative neuroscience to questions of Identity. In some of his work, worlds of discourse hover on the indeterminate boundaries of Fantastika, as in If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (performed 22 October 2009 Bush Theatre, London; 2013 chap), which is about personal relationships but also about Climate Change. ...

Arrow, William

A House Name used by Ballantine Books for the Return to the Planet of the Apes Ties, based not on the Planet of the Apes films but on the later animated Television series. William Rotsler wrote #1 Visions from Nowhere (1976) and #3 Man, the Hunted Animal (1976); Donald J Pfeil wrote #2, Escape from Terror Lagoon (1976). [DRL]

Omega Science Digest

Australian popular-science magazine, A4-size, publishing an average of two sf stories per issue; 37 bimonthly issues January/February 1981 to January/February 1987, edited by Philip Gore. The parent magazine was the US Science Digest, discontinued at around the same time. Though unexceptional as a science magazine, Omega Science Digest was, with a circulation around 35,000, for six years the most important publisher of Australian short sf, printing 78 stories by Australian authors, illustrated ...

Last of Us, The

Videogame (2013). Naughty Dog. Designed by Bruce Straley, Neil Druckmann. Platforms: PS3. / In the future, Zombies will rule the Earth. This apocalyptic scenario is a common preoccupation of early twenty-first century pop culture, the central conceit of works ranging from Max Brooks's novel World War Z (2006) – filmed as World War Z (2013) – to Robert Kirkman's Comic (later a television series and Videogame) The Walking Dead (2003-current). In the action Adventure The Last of ...

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. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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