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Jackson, Steve

(1951-    ) UK Game designer, author and entrepreneur. With Ian Livingstone, Jackson (who should not be confused with the US Steve Jackson) founded Games Workshop and created the Fighting Fantasy series of Gamebooks, the two most important parts of the UK games industry before it came to be dominated by Videogames. Jackson and Livingstone also designed a Role Playing Game based on the Fighting Fantasy system (Fighting Fantasy [1984 Penguin]) as well as writing a gazetteer of ...

Barr, Donald

(1921-2004) US author and academic, former assistant dean of the Engineering School of Columbia University, and author of several nonfiction works for children as well as Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty, or The Education of a Headmaster (1971), on US education. His sf novel, Space Relations: A Slightly Gothic Interplanetary Tale (1973), is a Space Opera interlaced amusingly with "literary" analogues to its tale of a space diplomat, sold into Slavery, who is sexually excited by fear, thus enticing a ...

Ammaniti, Niccolò

(1966-    ) Italian author, most of whose work has no fantastic content. Anna (2015; trans Jonathan Hunt 2017) is set in a Near Future world devastated by a Pandemic which kills anyone who has reached sexual maturity (ie the age of fourteen), and any child who lives long enough to reach that point during the course of the tale. The young protagonist attempts to survive in the savage society of her peers in Sicily, most of whom go dementedly astray in their search for ...

Kip, Leonard

(1826-1906) US lawyer and author, much of whose work reflects his experiences in the California Gold Rush of 1849; though some of his novels contain trace elements of the supernatural, he is of interest here mainly for Hannibal's Man (1873 chap), a Sleeper Awakes tale in which a truculent Carthaginian is aroused from a glacier, which is included in Hannibal's Man and other Tales: The Argus Christmas Stories (coll 1878). Along with the title story and some fantasies, the volume includes "The ...

Comet

US Pulp magazine; five issues, December 1940 to July 1941, bimonthly after January 1941. Published by H-K Publications; edited by F Orlin Tremaine. Tremaine, former editor of Astounding, made a brief and undistinguished return to sf-magazine editing with this title. Tremaine wanted to recapture the wonder of Astounding from the mid-thirties, but without the financial support of Street & Smith or the editorial support of Desmond Hall, the end result fell short. Amongst the more interesting ...

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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