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Turton, Godfrey

(1901-1985) UK author of such fantasies as The Devil's Churchyard (1970) and The Festival of Flora: A Story of Ancient and Modern Times (1972). He remains of some sf interest for There Was Once a City (1927), in which an ancient City is inundated through a Disaster whose causation is Equipoisal between supernatural hubris and natural cataclysm; and The Moon Dies (1972), a book-length blank-verse narrative (see Poetry) of the destruction of Earth's first Moon (broken apart by Gravity), the death ...

Psi World

Role Playing Game (1984). Fantasy Games Unlimited. Designed by Delbert Carr, Cheron. / Psi World is characteristic of many early RPGs in its brevity and emphasis on rules over setting. The basic scenario is the same as that seen in many sf novels dealing with Espers. On a planet that is, or is similar to, near future Earth part of the population is evolving into a separate species with Psionic powers, while the remaining "normals" have come to hate and fear their potential successors as a ...

Stith, John E

(1947-    ) US software engineering manager and author who began to publish sf with "Early Winter" in Fantastic for July 1979. His first novel, Scapescope (1984) – which is Hard SF like all his work – uses his work experience at the NORAD Cheyenne Mountain Complex to extrapolate on the nature of a defense complex in that location two centuries hence. Memory Blank (1986) places a classic sf protagonist – a hero with Amnesia – on an L-5 Space Habitat ...

Reynolds, Pamela

(1923-2019) US author of an sf novel, Earth Times Two (1970), in which a boy is transported into a Parallel World which closely resembles the world he just left. [JC]

Gee, Henry

(1962-    ) UK palaeontologist and evolutionary biologist who is a senior editor of Nature and introduced the "Futures" columns of sf vignettes in this science magazine. One hundred of these stories are collected as Futures from Nature (anth 2007), edited and introduced by Gee, and a second hundred in Nature Futures 2: Science Fiction from the Leading Science Journal (anth 2014 ebook) edited with Colin Sullivan. The Sigil Trilogy, comprising Siege of Stars (2012), Scourge 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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