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Vale, Brenda

(?   -    ) UK author of Albion: A Romance of the Twenty-First Century (1982), set in a Near Future Britain in which an agrarian revolution has left the state with no enemies to coerce, though storm clouds beckon. [JC]

Forward, Simon A

(1967-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "One Bad Apple" (in Doctor Who: More Short Trips, anth 1999, ed Stephen Cole); and who has published four Doctor Who Ties: Doctor Who: Drift (2002), Doctor Who Novellas: Shellshock (2003), and Doctor Who: Emotional Chemistry (2003). Under his own name, and as Steve Rogers, he has also published several Ties. [JC]

Alternate Reality Game

Term used to describe a type of Videogame which shares much with the fictional Godgames described in such works as Robert Shea's and Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! trilogy and Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 (1966). There is a notable resemblance between many examples of the form and the (perhaps carefully orchestrated) intrusion of the miraculous into the mundane experienced by the protagonist of the latter novel. In the classic literary Godgame, a magus figure constructs an illusory ...

Logue, Mary

(1952-    ) US author of a Young Adult tale, Dancing with an Alien (2000), in which a visiting Alien must persuade an adolescent girl to return to his home planet as a breeder. [JC]

Wilson, Thomas H

Pseudonym of author Cecil Burleigh (1850-1921), author of Dime-Novel tales for boys under a wide variety of names; of sf interest is Lost at the North Pole; Or, the Kingdom of Ice (1888 The Boys of New York as by J G Bradley; 1899 chap) as Capt Thomas H Wilson, a Lost World tale featuring two warring races around the clement North Pole, one comprised of gigantic Blacks who are of course primitive, the other of civilized white stock. The latter succeed in creating a slave society (see Slavery), ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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