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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Lucas, George

(1944-    ) US film-maker. He attended the University of Southern California Film School and as a graduate student made an sf short there entitled THX 1138:4EB (1967), which won film festival awards. Working in 1968 as an assistant to Francis Ford Coppola he made a highly praised documentary about the filming of Coppola's The Rain People (1969); then in 1969, with Coppola as executive producer, Lucas began a feature-film version, ...

Cline, Leonard

(1893-1929) US author most remembered for his sf-tinged Horror novel, The Dark Chamber (1927). Initially a journalist, he won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles about the Ku Klux Klan for the Baltimore Sun. His first book, Poems (coll 1914), was followed by two mainstream novels, the dark God Head (1925), which makes use of legends from the Kalevala, and the light-hearted Listen, Moon ...

Warner, William Henry

(?   -?   ) US author of romantic adventure tales, in whose The Bridge of Time (1914), not unusually, a prince of Ancient Egypt is transported by a Time Travel potion to the modern world, where he falls in love with a form of reincarnation of his original lover. Less usually, he has arrived at the beginning of World War One, in which, after due ...

Online Worlds

Any game involving more than one person is played in a kind of Shared World, even if that world only exists until one of the participants has won. Such places gained a greater degree of permanence in Role Playing Games, where the Gamemaster might create an episodic campaign taking years to complete, and in the Play by Mail industry, in which the moderator ...

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. ...

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