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Panshin, Alexei

Working name of US author Alexis Adams Panshin (1940-    ), married to Cory Panshin; initially most active in sf Fandom, in this role doing considerable writing and editing, for which he won a Hugo for best fan writer in 1967. His first professional sale was the non-sf "A Piece of Pie" (November 1960 Seventeen); he began publishing sf stories with "Down to the Worlds of Men" (July 1963 If), and soon became an active author of both fiction and criticism. The story "Dark ...

Psychotronic Video

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher and Editor Michael J Weldon. 41 issues from 1989 to 2006; quarterly publication schedule. / Following his early-1980s Fanzine entitled Psychotronic TV, publisher Weldon revived the publication in 1989 as a Semiprozine, gaining significant bookshop distribution. The focus was on films and, though to a lesser degree, Television programmes of the past in the Fantasy, Horror and sf genres, though adventure, crime, war ...

Sentinel Worlds

Videogame series (from 1988). Designed by Karl Buiter. / Sentinel Worlds is the name used by this encyclopedia to refer to a sequence of two Computer Role Playing Games set in similar, though probably not identical, Space Opera milieux. Both borrow design elements from Space Sims, as do several other contemporary games including Starflight (1986) and Space Rogue (1989). The gameplay of the Sentinel Worlds series thus combines exploration, conversation and combat on planetary surfaces and in ...

Danvers, Dennis

(1947-    ) US author who concentrated on fantasy and horror for the first part of his career, which began with Wilderness (1991), an effective werewolf novel; he began writing sf novels with the Circuit of Heaven sequence comprising Circuit of Heaven (1998) and End of Days (1999), set in a somewhat fantasticated, highly febrile Virtual Reality environment, dominated by an afterworld-like Bin which offers Immortality to the Uploads who have abandoned their flesh selves for ...

Beere, Peter

(1951-    ) UK author whose Trauma 2020 sequence of twenty-first-century action thrillers – comprising Trauma 2020: Urban Prey (1984), Trauma 2020: Book 2: The Crucifixion Squad (1984) and Trauma 2020: Book 3: Silent Slaughter (1985) – has some efficient moments at the depiction of urban Dystopia; his Underworld sequence – comprising Underworld (1992), Underworld II (1992) and Underworld III (1992) – follows its young protagonist into an Underground ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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