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Jones, Mark

(?1947-2003) UK author of nonfiction about Russia and Communism [not listed below] and of a Technothriller, Black Lightning (1995), in which post-Communist Russia develops a gigantic electromagnetic-pulse Weapon called Molniya ["Lightning"] which is capable of shutting down Power Sources and Communications anywhere in Europe or America. Its ultimate use is however complicatedly thwarted, in part thanks to the ethical scruples of its inbuilt AI. [JC/DRL]

Fading Suns

Role Playing Game (1996). Holistic Design (HD). Designed by Bill Bridges, Andrew Greenberg. / Fading Suns is set in a Gothic interstellar empire, morally and intellectually decadent, which has reverted to medieval habits of thought. For unknown reasons, the stars are slowly going out. The society depicted is feudal and strongly religious, consciously evocative of Dark Ages Europe (see Medieval Futurism); the overall effect is strongly reminiscent of the Warhammer 40,000 (1987) game ...

Bradshaw, William R

(1851-1927) Irish-born editor and author, in the US from 1883, whose The Goddess of Atvatabar: Being the History of the Discovery of the Interior World and Conquest of Atvatabar (1892) is set in a Symmesian Hollow Earth with an interior sun shining vertically overhead: "See how the shadow of every man surrounds his boots!". In his introduction, Julian Hawthorne asserts that romances like Bradshaw's will rightly soon supplant novels in the realistic tradition represented by Émile Zola. ...


Telepathy or mind-reading is the most popular and durable paranormal ability in sf; its hypothetical roots in scientific reality are discussed under ESP, as are instances of pre-Genre SF usage and various stories which deal with telepathy as part of a wider spectrum of Psi Powers. / The vogue for telepathy stories in the sf magazines was hugely advanced by John W Campbell Jr, whose enthusiasm for superhuman mental powers (see Superman) led to the notorious "psi-boom" in his Astounding and ...

Hammond, Kay

Working name of Irish author Kathleen Eleanor Hammond (1900-1967), in England from her early years, who wrote several sf stories of interest in magazines published by Gerald G Swan, beginning with "Spider Fire" in Yankee Weird Shorts for March 1942; she also wrote a Lost Race tale, The Dark City (1942 chap). [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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