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Time Loop

The theme of a closed loop in Time appears in sf in two distinct senses. A classic form of Time Paradox (which see) comes into being when the chain of causality eats its own tail to leave a circular sequence of events with no logical starting point, as in Robert A Heinlein's two famous examples: "By His Bootstraps" (October 1941 Astounding as by Anson MacDonald) and "All ...

Cyberpunk

Term used to describe a school of sf writing that developed and became popular during the 1980s. The word was almost certainly coined by Bruce Bethke in his story "Cyberpunk" (November 1983 Amazing), which had for some time before publication been circulating in manuscript. The term was picked up, either directly or indirectly, by writer and editor Gardner Dozois and used by him to characterize a ...

Brooke, Keith

(1966-    ) UK author who began publishing sf with "The Fifth Freedom" for Dream Quarterly (see Dream Magazine) in Winter 1988, and who has remained active as an author of short fiction. He has published two volumes of stories: Parallax View (coll 2000) with Eric Brown, which comprises mostly collaborative efforts, and Head Shots (2001). His short work is variously ...

McConchie, Lyn

(1946-    ) New Zealand author and farmer long active in Fandom, who began to publish professionally with "The Sar Shan Kelpie" in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy for Winter 1991 and has since been prolific in short fiction. Her first novel-length work was a Tie to Andre Norton's Witch World franchise, The Key of the Keplian (1994); this and its three successors ...

Galactic Saga

Videogame series (from 1979). Brøderbund Software (BS). Designed by Douglas Carlston. / Of the four games in the Galactic Saga, by far the best known is the first, Galactic Empire (1979 BS, TRS80; 1980 AppleII; 1981 Atari8; rev 1994 Mac). This is perhaps the earliest commercial Videogame in which the player's goal is to build a ...

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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