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Haseley, Dennis

(1950-    ) US psychotherapist and author who specialized for many years in picture books, the most ambitious of which – like Ghost Catcher (graph 1989), about a man without a shadow who retrieves people from the brink of death – are of general interest. Typically of this author, Dr Gravity (1992), a Young Adult novel, describes the consequences on others of exceptional individuals, in this case a man ...

Maniac Mansion

Videogame (1987). Lucasfilm Games. Designed by Ron Gilbert, Gary Winnick. Platforms: AppleII, C64, DOS (1987); Amiga, AtariST, NES (1988). / Maniac Mansion is a graphical Adventure game which parodies 1950s sf B-movies in a not dissimilar manner to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It introduced several innovations to ...

Atterley, Joseph

Pseudonym of Bermuda-born scholar and author George Tucker (1775-1861), in US from 1795; Chairman of the Faculty of the University of Virginia while Edgar Allan Poe was a student there, and an influence on him. Told in the first person by its protagonist Joseph Atterley, A Voyage to the Moon: With Some Account of the Manners and Customs, Science and Philosophy, of the People of Morosofia, and Other Lunarians (1827) describes a ...

Finder, Jan Howard

(1939-2013) US academic administrator, careers counsellor and sf fan, active in Fandom from the late 1960s, initially as an organizer of conferences (beginning with the J R R Tolkien-themed "First Conference on Middle-earth" in 1969) and Conventions; his Fanzine was The Spang Blah (20 issues 1974-1980). He published some short fiction including "The Grapes of the ...

Hyne, C J Cutcliffe

(1866-1944) UK author who also wrote as by Aunt Ermyntrude (an advice to the lovelorn column) and as by Weatherby Chesney. He began producing work of sf interest with Beneath Your Very Boots: Being a Few Striking Episodes from the Life of Anthony Merlwood Haltoun, Esq (1889), a Lost-World tale set in caves under England, where a clement Underground quasi-Utopia has been established by ...

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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