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Barker, M A R

Working name of Muhammad Abd-al-Rahman Barker, born Phillip Barker (1929-2012), US academic specializing in linguistics, game designer and author. His best-known genre creation is the enormously detailed Science Fantasy world of Tékumel (which see), the setting of his early Role Playing Game Empire of the Petal Throne (1975); further related RPGs followed. / Of Barker's five Tékumel novels, The Man of Gold (1984) – a Bildungsroman full of political intrigue and ...

Kadohata, Cynthia

(1956-    ) US author who has focused primarily on Young Adult fiction, most of it nonfantastic. Of sf interest is In the Heart of the Valley of Love (1992), set in a Near Future Los Angeles, which has by 2052 become an impoverished, ill-governed, hardscrabble. Dystopian enclave. The protagonist, unusually for an sf novel set in California, is Japanese-American, and must survive in a world where race discrimination (see Race in SF) has intensified. The Glass Mountains (1995) ...

Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl

Videogame (2007). GSC Game World (GSC). Platforms: Win. / STALKER is a First Person Shooter, much influenced by both Arkady and Boris Strugatski's novel Roadside Picnic (1972; trans 1977) and the Andrei Tarkovsky film Stalker (1979) that was loosely based on the book. While Roadside Picnic locates its enigmatic Zone in Canada, and Stalker places its equivalent in a desolate, unidentified landscape, the game identifies it with the 30 kilometre radius Exclusion Zone put in place around the ...

Rogers, Mac

(1974-    ) Nickname and working name of US playwright David Michael Rogers, who was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina. He began his efforts in playwriting and acting at a very early age, eventually studying theatre at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Basing himself in Brooklyn, New York, Rogers formed Gideon Productions in 1999 with college colleagues, Jordana and Sean Williams. Gideon began producing plays in the Fall of ...

Hatton, Joseph

(1837-1907) UK journalist and author, active from 1861 in a variety of modes; of genre interest is The Park Lane Mystery: A Story of Love and Magic (1887), which contains supernatural elements, and The White King of Manoa (1890; vt The White King of Manoa: An Anglo-Spanish Romance 1899), a Lost Race romance in which a member of Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition to the Orinoco discovers an Incan land, in whose capital, the Golden City of Manoa or El Dorado, he finds and weds the king's daughter. ...

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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