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Barnes, Steven

(1952-    ) US author, married to Tananarive Due from 1998. He began publishing work of genre interest with "Moonglow" in Vampires, Werewolves and Other Monsters (anth 1974) edited by Roger Elwood, and his career was primarily associated in its early days with Larry Niven, Barnes's collaborator on most of his early novels, including the first, Dream Park (1981). The Dream Park sequence – the title is the name of a park which houses a wide variety of high-tech ...

Miller, Marc

(1947-    ) US Game designer, inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in 1981. Miller was an important figure in the early development of the US Role Playing Game and Wargame industries, both as a founder of Game Designers' Workshop – one of the earliest companies enthusiastic about creating science-fictional games – and as the designer of the influential Triplanetary (1973), one of the first designs he had published. He has ...


Film (1995). Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Roger Donaldson. Alien designs by H R Giger. Written by Dennis Feldman. Cast includes Marg Helgenberger, Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina and Forest Whitaker. 108 minutes. Colour. / Radio transmissions from an extraterrestrial race are intercepted on Earth. They contain a DNA sequence and instructions for combining it with our own. American scientists use the data to genetically engineer (see Genetic Engineering) ...

Christopher, Adam

Working name of New Zealand-born author Adam Christopher McGechan (1978-    ), in the UK from 2006, who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Devil in Chains, Part One" in Pantechnicon for September 2008, soon followed by "The Devil in Chains, Part Two" (March 2009 Pantechnicon). His first novel, Empire State (2012), is a noir thriller set in a retro Alternate World or Pocket Universe version of New York, the Amnesia of whose citizens comes from the fact that the ...

Roberts, W Adolphe

(1886-1962) Jamaican editor, poet, journalist and author, in USA 1904-1949, initially involved in American literary life, who also wrote as by Stephen Endicott; his first book, Pierrot Wounded (coll 1919) was a volume of poems inspired by his apparently unfulfilled relationship with Edna St Vincent Millay; in his later career he became a significant advocate for Jamaican independence. He is credited as having written the first African American mystery novel in English, The Haunting Hand (1929), ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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