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Gordon, Stuart

Working name of Scottish teacher and author Richard Alexander Steuart Gordon (1947-2009), not to be confused with the director of supernatural horror films, Stuart Gordon, nor with Stuart Gordon (1924-    ), the author of Gordonstown: A New Design for America (1980). Gordon also wrote as Alex R Stuart and published his first sf story – "A Light in the Sky" for New Worlds in July 1965 – as Richard A Gordon. His first sf novel, Time Story (1972), describes a ...


Videogame (1983). Ozark Softscape. Designed by Danielle Bunten Berry. Platforms: Atari8, C64 (1983); MSX (1988); NES (1990). / MULE is an important link between traditional Board Games, played by people who are spatially and socially close to one another, and Online Worlds, often played by people who are spatially remote but socially close. Its gameplay resembles that of a Board Game, except that all the players take turns at performing actions within the software world, rather than ...

Salsitz, Rhondi A Vilott

(1949-    ) US author Rhondi Ann Vilott Salsitz, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Persephone" in Orbit 21 (anth 1980) edited by Damon Knight, as Rhondi Vilott. Titles under an abbreviation of her full name, Rhondi Vilott, and less frequently under her married name, R A V Salsitz, have been restricted to fantasies [see Checklist]; she has also written as by Emily Drake, Elizabeth Forest, Anne Knight and Jenna Rhodes [again see Checklist], all mostly fantasy. ...

Westlake, Donald E

(1933-2008) US author, mostly of detective novels and thrillers, often humorous, under his own name and under several pseudonyms, notably Richard Stark; he won three Edgar awards, including a Grandmaster award in 1993. He began publishing sf – always of secondary interest in his career, though never carelessly done – with "Or Give Me Death" in Universe Science Fiction for November 1954, and assembled much of his short work in The Curious Facts Preceding My Execution and Other ...

Anna Livia

Working name of Irish author, teacher and editor Anna Livia Julian Brawn (1955-2007), in the UK from her teens and in the US from 1990, latterly a lecturer in French at the University of California, Berkeley; a lesbian feminist of radical views, which she has advanced in tales of considerable wit, though at book length her effects become uneasy. Her second novel, Accommodation Offered (1985), invokes a spirit world which has a ring of fantasy. Her third, Bulldozer Rising (1988), is an sf ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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