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Alderman, Gill

Working name of UK author Gillian Alderman (1941-    ), who worked in microelectronics research until 1984, and began publishing sf with the first two volumes of her Guna sequence – The Archivist: A Black Romance (1989) and The Land Beyond: A Fable (1990) – which established her very rapidly as a figure of interest in the field. As usual in the Planetary Romance, Guna – the world in which the tales are set – is heavily foregrounded throughout both ...

Science Fiction Series

A series of eighteen pamphlets published between 1929 and 1932 by Hugo Gernsback's Stellar Publishing Corporation, and seemingly edited by him. The pamphlets were either 24 or 28 pages long, and were published without cover illustrations, though early ads do show illustrated covers for the first twelve, which were in the event internally illustrated (#1-#6 by Frank R Paul). Most volumes contained a single novelette, like Jack Williamson and Miles J Breuer's The Girl from Mars (1929 chap), or ...

Tea, Travis

1. An alternate Pseudonym of the unidentified sf author who wrote as Dustin Lasser. / 2. This joke "travesty" byline was independently used by a team of over thirty sf/fantasy authors and editors – including Michael Armstrong, Pierce Askegren, Adam-Troy Castro, Brenda Clough, Sheila Finch, C C Finlay, Peter J Heck, Robin Hobb, James D Macdonald, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Kevin O'Donnell Jr, Alan Rodgers, Chuck Rothman, Sherwood Smith and Allen Steele – for a Round-Robin novel ...

Ungar, Richard

(?   -    ) Canadian lawyer, illustrator and author, in the latter capacity initially of picture books [not listed]. He is of sf interest for the Time Snatchers sequence beginning with Time Snatchers (2012), set in distant Near Future New Beijing (that is, New York). Here Time Travel is possible, and the young protagonist finds himself working as a quasi-involuntary thief who travels into various eras to make his snatches. The plot thickens swiftly. [JB]


Videogame (1988). Konami. Designed by Hideo Kojima. Platforms: MSX (1988); PCEngineCD (1992); MegaCD (1994); PS1, Saturn (1996). / Snatcher is a menu driven graphical Adventure game with some real time combat sequences. Designed in Japan, it draws heavily on the style of Blade Runner (1982) and 1980s sf Anime such as Bubblegum Crisis (1987-1991); only the 1994 MegaCD version has been released in English. The game is set in the twenty-first century, fifty years after the accidental release ...

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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