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Passingham, W J

(1897-1957) UK journalist who wrote several science-fiction serials for the popular weeklies in the 1930s, none of which was reprinted in book form. Passingham's interest in the progress of science was evident from several articles he wrote for London weekly papers such as "Today's Sky-Baby May be Tomorrow's Flying Giant" (18 January 1936 The Passing Show), which profiled the early Rockets pioneers Max Valier and Robert H Goddard (1882-1945). His's first serial was "The Broadcast Murders" (29 ...

Secombe, Andy

Working name of Welsh voice actor, actor and author Andrew Secombe (1953-    ), son of the singer and comedian Harry Secombe (1921-2001) of Goon Show fame (see Spike Milligan); as a voice actor, he may be best known for voicing Watto in the three Star Wars prequel films. Most of his fiction reads, at least initially, as fantasy, including the Limbo series beginning with Limbo (2003); but though the eponymous Underworld is couched in fantasy terms, those plot sequences set in ...

Olesker, J Bradford

(1949-    ) US author of The Siege of Superport (1978), a Technothriller in which a "superport" built in deep waters to transfer oil to tankers is under threat by terrorists; the technologies involved are marginally in advance of 1978 reality. Beyond Forever (1981) is a Young Adult fantasy. [JC]

Eschbach, Andreas

(1959-    ) German author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Dolls" for c't in 1991, and whose first novel, Die Haarteppichknüpfer (1995; trans Doryl Jensen as The Carpet Makers 2005), intriguingly rewrites the normally expansive forms of American Planetary Romance and Space Opera into a bleak, compulsively storyable ideogram of the universe as prison: the carpets made by the titular carpet makers across the galaxy are aesthetically dead Entropic parodies ...


Videogame (1980). Williams Electronics (WE). Designed by Eugene Jarvis, Larry DeMar. Platforms: Arcade, Others. / Defender is a two-dimensional arcade game (see Videogames) in which the player flies a small spaceship over a planet, defending the humanoids who live on its surface from various types of invading Aliens. The main display scrolls horizontally across the planetary surface to keep the player in the centre of the screen, while an overview of the whole world is shown at the top 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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