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Green, Roland J

(1944-    ) US author whose first sale was the first volume in the Wandor Sword-and-Sorcery sequence (see listing below), though his first published work was a volume in the similar Richard Blade sequence [see Checklist below – he wrote numbers 9 through 37, with the exception of number 30] under the House Name Jeffrey Lord. His sf has generally been written in collaboration, notably two volumes in the Janissaries sequence of Military SF with Jerry Pournelle, ...

Bastion

Videogame (2011). Supergiant. 2011: PC, XB360. 2012: iOS, PS4, PSVita. / Made by independent games company Supergiant, Bastion is an Isometric Adventure puzzle game, one of several independent titles produced in the early 2010s that helped to elevate independent ("indie") videogames (see Independent Games) to a more prominent position in gaming culture. Bastion won several awards; as an independent title, for its engaging soundtrack, and for the complex narrative. These included those from ...

Patterson, James

(1947-    ) US author who has become a chart-dominating best-seller over the past three decades, his greatest success being the Alex Cross sequence of crime thrillers featuring a Black forensic psychologist, where the occasional apparent incursion into the fantastic – such as the vampire cult in Violets Are Blue (2001), and the infernal "Mastermind" whose powers fall short of the supernatural – is found to be an evil device. After some thrillers with supernatural ...

Hughes, Zach

Working name for much of his sf of US author Hugh Zachary (1928-2016), who also used various other pseudonyms for sf, including Evan Innes, Peter Kanto, Pablo Kane and Marcus Van Heller; he used his real name for other work from 1961 on, at least 100 titles in all. His novels in the sf field were expertly devised and readable and frequently surprisingly dark in their implications. The Book of Rack the Healer (July/August-September/October 1972 If; 1973) and its sequel Thunderworld (1982) ...

Haldeman, Jack C, II

(1941-2002) US author who began publishing sf with "Garden of Eden" for Fantastic in December 1971. His fifty or so stories tend to avoid the more serious Space-Opera themes, sticking generally to Games-and-Sports tales about Robot football players, precognitive Stars, and the like. His first novel, Vector Analysis (short version May 1977 Analog; 1978), sets problems in a Space Station devoted to medical research, and sees them solved. His second, Perry's Planet (1980), is a Star Trek tie, and ...

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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