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Bentley, Peter

Pseudonym of Alan Moon (?   -    ), an author whose single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is Destined to Survive (1977). [DRL]

Moore, F Frankfort

(1855-1931) Irish author, some of whose work contains supernatural elements. Novels of sf interest include The Secret of the Court: A Romance of Life and Death (1895), in which a vast Underground complex is discovered beneath contemporary Egypt, home of the remnants of an ancient Lost Race whose high Technology is now lost, though the secret of reviving the dead is recovered; ...

Remenham, John

Pseudonym of UK physician and author John Alexander Vlasto (1877-1958), whose The Lurking Shadow (1946) is a Doppelganger tale clearly derived from Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886). The Peacemaker (1947) is a Near Future tale whose protagonist, an arms manufacturer who wants to put his huge fortune to good ...

Matthews, Ronald

(1903-1967) UK journalist, noted foreign correspondent, and author of a Dystopia, Red Sky at Night (1951), a Near Future tale in which a leftist tyranny is overthrown by a Roman Catholic crusade. [JC]

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 ...

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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