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Gilchrist, John

Pseudonym of UK author Jerome Gardner (1932-    ), author of five novels, each mildly Dystopian, for Robert Hale Limited: Birdbrain (1975), set in a Soviet-occupied Britain; Out North (1975), in which the prospect of travel to the Moon attracts would-be astronauts; Lifeline (1976), whose venue is a now Russia-dominated United States of Europe; The English Corridor (1976), in which the USSR invades western Europe; and The Engendering (1978). They are unambitious but ...

Koch, Eric

(1919-2018) German-born author and television producer, in UK from 1935, in Canada from 1940, several of whose novels are of some sf interest. In The French Kiss: A Tongue in Cheek Political Fantasy (1969), set in a Near-Future Canada threatened – as usual – by separatism, a Reincarnated colleague of Napoleon muses on de Gaulle's similarity to the long-dead Emperor. The Leisure Riots: A Comic Novel (1973) suggests Satirically that, in 1980, the enforced leisure of the executive ...

Exile

Videogame (1988). Superior Software. Designed by Peter Irvin, Jeremy Smith. Platforms: BBCMicro (1988); Electron (1989); Amiga, AtariST, C64 (1991); CD32 (1995). / Exile is an example of a Videogame form which was popular in the UK during the 1980s, but rare elsewhere and hardly seen since, that of the "arcade adventure". In works of this type, solving physical puzzles is combined with the reflex and coordination based jumping and fighting gameplay which is characteristic of "platform ...

Hammond, Aubrey

(1894-1940) UK set designer, art director and illustrator, well known in these capacities; in active service during World War One. His first film as art director, Hyde Park Corner (1935), directed by Sinclair Hill, is Fantasy. Hammond is of importance as an sf illustrator almost solely for one work, his remarkably strong wraparound Art Deco cover for the first English translation of Thea von Harbou's Metropolis (1926; trans 1927). Its menacingly iconic conflation of the Robot/Android and the ...

Anderton, Joanne

(?   -    ) New Zealand author who also writes as Jo Anderton, and who began to publish work of genre interest with "Trail of Dead" in Zombies (anth 2007) edited by Robert N Stephenson; the tale was assembled, along with a considerable proportion of her short fiction, as The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories (coll 2013). Most of her short work has been fantasy and horror, though her first book publications – The Veiled Worlds sequence comprising Debris ...

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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