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Dune [series]

The best-known sf sequence by Frank Herbert, whose opening novel Dune (December 1963-February 1964 Analog as "Dune World"; January-May 1965 Analog as "The Prophet of Dune"; fixup 1965) offers a heady mixture of desert Ecology – in particular the complex life cycle of the titular world's immense, devouring sandworms – galactic Politics and the making of a Messiah. This was filmed as Dune (1984) directed by David Lynch; the first half of the novel was later filmed as Dune: Part One ...

Guerard, Albert Joseph

(1914-2000) US critic and author, an influential academic scholar who taught at Amherst College, Harvard University and Stanford University. He was long an advocate of US experimentalist fiction. His sf novel Night Journey (1950) depicts an idealistic soldier against the background of a useless Near-Future European Future War. The loss of his illusions is rendered with psychological acuity, though the narrative itself is dithery. [JC]

Cardona Peña, Alfredo

(1917-1995) Costa Rican poet, essayist, journalist, academic and author who lived in Mexico from 1938, but who preserved ties with his native country throughout his life. Together with the Chilean Hugo Correa, he could be considered the Latin American version of Ray Bradbury. He began to study arts in San José, Costa Rica, and finished in El Salvador, where he also started working as a journalist. Since 1945, he was appointed teacher of Spanish Language Literature at the National ...

Snodgrass, Melinda M

(1951-    ) US lawyer, television screenwriter and author who was strongly associated with Star Trek in her early career, her first novel being Star Trek: The Tears of the Singers (1984); she also served as Executive Script Consultant for the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Of greater sf interest is the Circuit Trilogy – Circuit (1986), Circuit Breaker (1987) and Final Circuit (1988) – which takes a handsome Federal Court judge and his ...

Livingstone, Ian

(1949-    ) UK Game designer, writer and entrepreneur, honoured with an Order of the British Empire for "services to the computer game industry" in 2006. With Steve Jackson and John Peake, Livingstone founded Games Workshop in 1975, hoping to create and sell their own games, though the early growth of the business depended on importing US Role Playing Games. Games Workshop was later to become something of a British institution in the mould of 2000 AD, trading on the darkly ...

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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