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Cowdrey, Albert E

(1933-    ) US author on the medical branches of the American military, formerly Chief of the Special History Branch of the US Army, and fantasy and sf author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Lucky People" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1968 as by Chet Arthur, and continued under his own name with "The Familiar" (March 1997 F&SF), one of several Azalea Place, New Orleans tales; he won a World Fantasy Award for "Queen for ...


US Semiprozine, published and edited quarterly from Baltimore by Steven E Fick, letter-size format, three issues published, #1 (October) 1993, Winter 1994 and Summer 1994. A professionally produced magazine with eclectic design (each story set in a different font), it was a good example of what computer-aided design could now produce. With an announced print run high for a semiprozine, Expanse began intrepidly, proclaiming in advertisements: "Tired of the liberal bias in the stories you read? ...

Varlet, Théo

(1878-1938) French poet, translator and author, active from before 1900, though only after World War One as a novelist. Tales of sf interest include Les Titans du ciel (1921) and L'agonie de la Terre (1922) both with Octave Joncquel and comprising together one novel, L'épopée martienne: L'agonie de la Terre: Roman planétaire ("omni" 1922; trans Brian Stableford as The Martian Epic 2009) with Octave Joncquel; in his valuable introduction to the text, Stableford suggests ...

Finn, Ralph L

(1912-1999) UK author and journalist who published widely, collecting some of his short fiction as Collected Stories of Ralph L Finn (coll 1946 chap); in his notes on "This Sorry Scheme" (magazine publication undated), George Locke suggests that the tale prefigures Jack Finney's far more complex Time and Again (1970). Of some sf interest are three novels based on the time theories of J W Dunne: The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet (1948), Twenty-Seven Stairs (1949) and Time Marches Sideways ...


Videogame (2001). Bungie Studios. Platforms: Mac, PS2, Win. / Oni is a third person fighting game (see Videogames) with the narrative structure and world design of a linearly plotted First Person Shooter. This unique combination of forms works well in principle, but the game's urban environments, based on real-world architecture, seem overly repetitive and are arguably poorly designed for gameplay. The game is set in a twenty-first century heavily influenced by Ghost in the Shell (1995) and ...

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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