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Schumacher, Tony

(circa 1968-    ) UK journalist and author whose Hitler Wins sequence, the John Rossett series, comprising The Darkest Hour (2014) and The British Lion (2015), is set in a 1946 London under Nazi occupation; the widowed protagonist, after distinguished service in the defeated forces, is seconded to the Office of Jewish Affairs, under control of the new rulers. His job, which is to apprehend any remaining Jews, is depicted through thriller tropes; his emotional ties to young ...

Wise, Arthur

(1923-1983) UK drama consultant and author, most of whose works were thrillers; he also wrote as by John McArthur and under the non-sf house name Bryan Swift. Most of his sf was borderline, using genre elements to heighten the suspense. The best known of these tales was probably The Day the Queen Flew to Scotland for the Grouse Shooting (1968), about the abduction of the monarch in the context of a breakup of the United Kingdom. A second Near-Future, political novel was Who Killed Enoch ...

Reach for the Stars

Videogame (1983). Strategic Studies Group (SSG). Designed by Roger Keating, Ian Trout. Platforms: C64 (1983); AppleII (1985); DOS (1986); Amiga (1988). / Reach For The Stars is essentially a skilfully implemented conversion of the board-and-counter game Stellar Conquest (1974) to a form suitable for home computers. As such it is the most important link between that seminal Wargame and Master of Orion (1993), the first work to be described as a 4X Game. Like Stellar Conquest, Reach For The ...

Ruins and Futurity

Ruins are not a necessary prelude to Futurity. A ruined structure may be nothing more than a structure that has fallen into illegible ruins (see Entropy), leaving no message for us to draw upon: no warning to the world we live in, no anticipation of things to come. But from time immemorial a Ruin, or in more recent times an Edifice constructed in the shape of a Ruin [for Edifice see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], has also been understood as a ruined structure meant to be ...

Robertson, E Arnot

Working name of UK author and broadcaster Eileen Arbuthnot Robertson (1903-1961), best known for such non-sf novels as Four Frightened People (1931), whose protagonists find themselves making their way through a tropical jungle. It was written to contrast with her earlier Scientific Romance, Three Came Unarmed (1929), which, in a striking attack on modern civilization, exposes three enfants sauvages from the Far East to contemporary England; they are in fact examples of homo superior (see ...

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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