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Frakes, Randall

(1947-    ) US author of two Terminator film Ties, The Terminator (1985) with Bill Wisher and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), respectively novelizing The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). [JC/DRL]

Craig, Joe

(1981-    ) UK singer/songwriter and author of the Jimmy Coates sequence, beginning with Jimmy Coates: Killer (2005; vt Jimmy Coates: Assassin? 2005), a Young Adult novel of some interest for the intensity of its depiction of young Jimmy's dilemma: Genetically Engineered to unfold into a Superman assassin at the age of 18, he finds himself gripped by these powers several years too young. His rite of passage towards adulthood is therefore doubly fraught: internally, he is at ...

Altov, Genrikh

Pseudonym of Russian author and sf critic Genrikh Altshuller (1926-1998); a trained engineer, he registered dozens of patents, and is most widely known for establishing the Teoriya Resheniya Izobreatatelskikh Zadach (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) or TRIZ. He spent four years in a prison camp for political dissidents after writing a scathing letter to Stalin criticizing the lack of industrial and scientific inventiveness in the USSR. His unpublished "Altov's Register" is a mammoth ...

Williams, Sean

(1967-    ) Australian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Light Bodies Falling" in Aurealis for October 1991, and has since published a number of stories, the balance here, as with his longer work, being some sf but rather more fantasy. This work has been assembled as Doorway to Eternity (coll 1995), A View Before Dying (coll 1998 chap), New Adventures in Sci-Fi (coll 1999) and Magic Dirt: The Best of Sean Williams (coll 2008). Most of his novels have ...

Worlds in Balance

Settings created for sf Games have some unique characteristics not shared with other science-fictional worlds. Most importantly, a gameworld must be balanced, meaning that opposing forces must be of approximately equal capabilities. While this may also be a requirement for an entertaining adventure story, in which the protagonist is engaged in conflict with a reasonable chance of either victory or defeat, games are much more demanding in this regard. Characters in stories may act foolishly as a ...

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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