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Bryan, R M

(?   -    ) US author of the Near Future Post-Holocaust Young Adult Arden House sequence, beginning with Arden House: Book 1: Flight (2013), during the course of which two young protagonists find an isolated Quaker enclave, which they turn into a well-defended Keep, gaining some chance of survival in a balkanized America. [JC]

Smith, Phil

(?   -    ) UK illustrator and author; of his three sf novels, The Incredible Melting Man (1978) is a Tie to The Incredible Melting Man (1978); The Resurrection Machine (1978) and The Saxonbury Printout (1979) both play with cosmic themes: resurrection and time-space confusions. [JC]

Halo: Combat Evolved

Videogame (2001). Bungie Studios (BS). Designed by John Howard. Platforms: XBox (2001); Mac, Win (2003); rev vt Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary XB360 (2011). / Halo: Combat Evolved is a First Person Shooter, with a linear plot (see Interactive Narrative) which owes much to such sf action films as Aliens (1986). The player takes the role of the "Master Chief", a biologically enhanced chief petty officer wearing Powered Armour. In the future of the Halo series, humanity is fighting a losing ...

Hay, L F

(1891-1946) UK government intelligence agent and author of some thrillers, one of which, It Wasn't a Nightmare (1937), edges into the very Near Future in its description of mysterious and cruel experiments conducted in the Pyrenees and Macedonia by an arms manufacturer eager to start World War Two. [JC]

Hoare, Andy

(?   -    ) UK author involved in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, his Ties including Warhammer 40,000: The 13th Black Crusade (2004), Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Star (2006) and Warhammer 40,000: Star of Damocles (2007). [JC]

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. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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