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Murdoch, Jim

(1956-    ) UK author of a Tie to the Rise of the Robots Computer game, Rise of the Robots: The Book (1995), in which a Robot revolt must be thwarted, or not. [JC]

McEwan, Ian

(1948-    ) UK author who began writing material of interest to the fields of the fantastic with "Solid Geometry" for The New Review in July 1974 (also February 1975 Fantastic), in which the protagonist's fascination with the "impossible" geometry (see Dimensions; Mathematics) suggested in the title drags his wife (post-coitally) into an almost literal Black Hole after he seems to discover the central code. The BBC prudishly cancelled its planned 1979 adaptation of the ...

Russell, Karen

(1981-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Haunting Olivia" in The New Yorker for 13-20 June 2005; the tale evokes a world and mood to which her work repeatedly returns: the coves, islets, and low-lying inlands of southern Florida, whose Polders [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and thresholds Russell dramatizes with a sensibility that might be called Florida Gothic (see Gothic SF). The phantasmagoria attendant upon the ...

Watson, Ian

(1943-    ) UK teacher and author who lectured in English in Tanzania (1965-1967) and Tokyo (1967-1970) before beginning to publish sf with "Roof Garden Under Saturn" for New Worlds in 1969; he then taught Future Studies for six years at Birmingham Polytechnic, taking there one of the first academic courses in sf in the UK; he became a full-time writer in 1976, publishing more than 170 short stories since 1969 at a gradually increasing tempo and with visibly increased ...

Space Rangers

Videogame (2002). Elemental Games (EG). Platforms: Win. / Space Rangers is a Space Sim game which includes features from an eclectic range of game forms. Notably, menu-driven text Adventures are used for many sub missions, including ones set on planets, and the default turn-based space combat model is replaced by an arcade game resembling Spacewar (1962) inside Black Holes. The core gameplay focuses on exploration, trade, mining, diplomacy and combat within an impressively dynamic universe; ...

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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