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Phillifent, John T

(1916-1976) UK electrical engineer and author of much sf and works in other genres; though he claimed to reserve his best material for publication under his own name; he was, however, probably better known under his pseudonym John Rackham, the name he used for most of his work. [Phillifent and Rackham titles are separated in the Checklist below]. He began writing sf with the Space Puppet series for Pearson's Tit-Bits SF Library as Rackham: Space Puppet (1954 chap), Jupiter Equilateral (1954 ...

Strieber, Whitley

(1945-    ) US author, much better known for horror novels – like The Wolfen (1978) (see Horror in SF; Werewolves) and the Hunger sequence beginning with The Hunger (1981) (see Vampires) – than for his sf, though he has continued to produce the latter intermittently throughout his career, with an emphasis on the Near Future seen through a perspective that sometimes attempts to justify Paranoia about government conspiracies against the American people. Warday: And ...

Whyte, Andrew A

(1940-1993) US bibliographer whose main work has been to compile with Anthony R Lewis several volumes of The N.E.S.F.A. Index to Science Fiction Magazines and Original Anthologies during 1973-1984. Solo he produced The New SF Bulletin Index to SF Books, 1974 (1974 chap). He was a founder of NESFA (New England Science Fiction Association) in 1965. [JC]

Fine, Sarah

(?   -    ) US child psychologist and author whose first series, the Guards of the Shadowlands sequence beginning with Sanctum (2012), is Young Adult fantasy infused with romance elements. The Of Metal and Wishes sequence beginning with Of Metal and Wishes (2014) achieves some Equipoisal frisson by emplacing a ghost story in an Alternate World Asia as a savage War threatens;but who has more recently published works of sf interest. The Servants of Fate sequence ...

Pandemic [game]

Board Game (2007). Z-Man Games. Designed by Matt Leacock. / Pandemic is a cooperative board game for 2-4 players. Players must work together in order to prevent the Pandemic outbreak of four simultaneous diseases in hotspots around the world by travelling to international locations and fighting the contagion using their individual abilities. This early cooperative strategy board game is a Gateway Game (which see) and was nominated for multiple awards on first release. / Pandemic is ...

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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