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Mitchell, Kirk

(1950-    ) US author and former police officer who began writing sf with the Procurator Alternate-History trilogy – Procurator (1984), New Barbarians (1986) and Cry Republic (1989) – based on the premise that Rome did not fall and that the world of 2000 CE reflects a mixture of Roman modes and richly conceived technologies; A D Anno Domini (1985), which is nonfantastic, is a Tie to a 1985 mini-series. Mitchell's best single novel is probably Never the Twain ...

Brown, J G

(1901-1990) New Zealand teacher and editor whose work in the latter capacity has not been restricted to sf. His Anthology, From Frankenstein to Andromeda (anth 1966), is a conscientious scouring of sf materials through a century and a half, including both short stories and excerpts from several novels ranging from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818; rev 1831) to Fred Hoyle's and John Elliot's A for Andromeda (1962). [JC/DRL]

Schulman, Audrey

(1963-    ) Canadian author whose sixth novel, the Near Future Theory of Bastards (2018), focuses primarily on a speculative study, and complex intercourse with, a family of bonobos (see Apes as Human; Biology; Zoo) caged in a research institute; the free-form non-agonistic Sex enjoyed by these "animals" provides a model for the human researcher at the heart of the tale, which is set in a world more and more intensely beholden to intervening Communications bots. A sudden ...

G-8 and His Battle Aces

US Pulp magazine, 110 issues October 1933 to June 1944. Monthly to April 1941, bimonthly thereafter. Published by Popular Publications; edited by Rogers Terrill and, later, by Alden H Norton (1903-1987). / All the novels in G-8 and His Battle Aces, each complete in one issue, were the work of one of the most prolific of all pulp authors, Robert J Hogan, who also wrote under pseudonyms the additional short stories which filled out each issue. Hogan, who wrote The Mysterious Wu Fang and other ...

Warhammer 40,000

Miniature models-based Wargame (1987). Games Workshop (GW). Designed by Rick Priestley, Andy Chambers, Jervis Johnson, Gavin Thorpe, others. / While most tabletop Wargames have failed to compete against Videogames, Games Workshop's fantasy game Warhammer Fantasy Battle (1983 GW) designed by Bryan Ansell, Richard Halliwell, Rick Priestley and its science-fictional descendant Warhammer 40,000 have proved remarkably successful. An important reason for their survival has been their use of ...

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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