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Kessel, John

(1950-    ) US academic and author who began publishing sf with "The Silver Man" for Galileo in May 1978, and whose short fiction rapidly established him as an author of cunningly pastiche-heavy, erudite stories. His two best known early tales – both assembled with other work in Meeting in Infinity: Allegories & Extrapolations (coll 1992) – are probably "Not Responsible! Park and Lock It!" (September 1981 F&SF) and Another Orphan (September 1982 F&SF; ...

Stover, Matthew

(1962-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest under his full name Matthew Woodring Stover with the Barra the Pict Fantasy diptych comprising Iron Dawn (1997) and Jericho Moon (1998). Of sf interest is the Acts of Caine sequence opening with Heroes Die (1998), in which a future corporate Dystopian Earth exploits a fantasy Parallel World (see Science and Sorcery) by infiltrating "actors" who are required to play out graphically violent Sword and Sorcery ...

Randall, Marta

(1948-    ) Mexican-born editor and author, in US from infancy, who has taught in several sf writing workshops and served in Science Fiction Writers of America as vice-president 1981-1982 and president 1982-1984. She began publishing sf with "Smack Run" in New Worlds 5 (anth 1973 ed Michael Moorcock) as Marta Bergstresser, her then married name, used only on this one occasion. Her stories since then have not been frequent, but are almost always of high quality, tightly and ...


Videogame (2001). Mucky Foot Productions. Platforms: Win. / Startopia is a God Game set on a series of derelict space stations which the player must rebuild after an interstellar war. The developers had previously been part of Peter Molyneux's Bullfrog Productions (BP), and the design is much influenced by such non sf Molyneux games as Theme Park (1994 BP, 3DO, Amiga, DOS, Mac; 1995 CD32, Jaguar, MegaCD, MegaDrive, PS1, Saturn, SNES; 2007 NDS), in which players build and operate modern day ...

Pearson, Alec G

(?   -?   ) UK author of a Lost Race tale, The City of Flame!: A Grand, Complete Story of Thrilling Adventure (15 May-7 August 1915 Gem; 1915), set in a City in the mysterious east ruled by a She figure. [JC] see also: Boys' Friend Library; Boys' Papers. /

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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