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Checkpoint

UK Fanzine (1971-1979) whose founding and principal editor was Peter Roberts (1950-    ). This Newszine for the UK sf fan community was launched as a replacement for the 1959-1971 Skyrack. A short-lived "first series" of Checkpoint had appeared in 1968-1969, comprising eight foolscap (13 x 8 in) issues devoted to fanzine reviews. The main newsletter sequence began with the trial issue #00 dated 6 April 1971 and continued to #100, September 1979, which includes an ...

Cyberpunk [game]

Role Playing Game (1988). R Talsorian Games (RTG). Designed by Michael Pondsmith. / The original version of Cyberpunk is a quintessential eighties game. Both Cyberpunk 2013 (1988 RTG) designed by Michael Pondsmith and its more popular successor Cyberpunk 2020 (1990 RTG) designed by Michael Pondsmith, set seven years after the first edition, are highly evocative of both 1980s popular culture and such early Cyberpunk novels as William Gibson's Neuromancer (1984) and Walter Jon Williams's ...

Chu, John

(?   -    ) Taiwan-born translator, podcast "narrator" and author, in the USA from childhood; he began to publish work of genre interest with "Thirty Seconds from Now" in The Time Traveler's Almanac (anth 2013) edited by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer. He has since published short stories widely; The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere (2013 ebook) won a Hugo award for best short story in 2014, and like several of his works juxtaposes generational family ...

Rawson, Jane

(?   -    ) Australian journalist, editor and author whose first novel, A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists (2013), allows some gonzo rhapsody to enliven her portrait of late twentieth-century California, but does not quite venture into the fantastic. Formaldehyde (2015) is a rare recent example of Absurdist SF, though laced with Magic Realism, with issues of Identity acidly evocative of the work of Franz Kafka in an occasionally unfocused Near Future ...

Porter, Peter

(1929-2010) Australian editor and poet, in UK from 1951, prolifically active from 1958; two of his 1960s poems appear in Edward Lucie-Smith's early sf Poetry selection Holding Your Eight Hands (anth 1969). He is of further sf interest for one volume, Mars (coll 1988 chap), heavily illustrated by the Australian painter Arthur Boyd (1920-1999), where a sometimes heavily metaphorical Mars serves as venue and premise for witty and loaded excursions in the direction of the Near Future. [JC]

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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