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Preston, Douglas

(1956-    ) US author most of whose novels of sf interest have been with Lincoln Child; they are listed below for convenience, but for discussion see the entry for Child. The Wyman Ford sequence of Technothrillers, by Preston alone, comprises Blasphemy (2008), a Near Future tale in which a new supercollider threatens either to suck the world into a Black Hole or (which may be something like the same thing) speak to God, and Impact (2010), in which evidence is found on a moon ...

Carrigan, Richard A

(1932-    ) US physicist, for many years involved in various serious positions with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), and a prolific author of papers and books in his field; he was later Guest Scientist in the Accelerator Division at Fermilab. With his wife, the artist Nancy Carrigan (1933-2014), he is the author of an sf novel, The Siren Stars (March-May 1970 Analog; 1971), in which the first intelligent messages from another star present a dire ...

Science Stories

US Digest-size magazine. Four bimonthly issues, October 1953 to April 1954. The first was published by Bell Publications, Chicago, the rest by Palmer Publications, Evanston; edited by Raymond A Palmer and Bea Mahaffey. Science Stories was effectively a continuation of Other Worlds. It printed no notable fiction, and continued much in the same vein as Other Worlds with material by S J Byrne (as John Bloodstone) and Richard S Shaver. It was, however, nicely illustrated by Hannes Bok, Virgil ...

Snyder, John

(?   -?   ) US author of an sf Satire, The Wind Trust: A Possible Prophecy (1903 chap), set in a grimly spoofed Near Future where a nefarious cartel, the Instamboul Corporation for the Control of the Wind, attempts to gain monopoly control over the elements – first taking ownership of the wind, then charging a royalty for breathing. As the cartel or trust begins to threaten the world order, the assault on capitalism as a whole intensifies, and roman a ...

Destroy All Humans!

Videogame (2005). Pandemic Studio (PS). Designed by Brad Welch. Platforms: PS2, XBox (2005); XB360 (2008). / Destroy All Humans! is a broad Parody of the science fiction films of the 1950s and of alien invasion fictions generally (see Monster Movies); it is particularly reminiscent of Tim Burton's Satire on the same theme, Mars Attacks! (1996). The game itself could loosely be described as an action Adventure, with much emphasis placed on fairly unsophisticated combat sequences. Players are ...

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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