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Price, Roger [2]

(1941-    ) UK author of several Ties for The Tomorrow People, a UK Television series about a group of Mutant children, beginning with The Tomorrow People in The Visitor (1973) with Julian R Gregory. This author should not be confused with Roger (Taylor) Price. [JC]

Groves, J W

(1910-1970) UK author, variously employed, who began publishing sf with "The Sphere of Death" for Amazing in October 1931, but whose career consisted mainly of desultory magazine publications until his first novel for Robert Hale Limited, Shellbreak (1968), in which a man awakens in 2505 CE armed with knowledge that helps him to topple a corrupt dictatorship. The Heels of Achilles (1969) presents a world in which the dead have come mysteriously to life. [JC]


US tv series (2009-2015). Harmonius Claptrap, Krasnoff Foster Productions, Russo Brothers Films, Sony Pictures Television, Universal Media Studios (UMS). Created by Dan Harmon. Directors include Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Rob Schrab and Tristram Shapeero. Writers include Andy Bobrow, Megan Ganz, Andrew Guest, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna and Hilary Winston. Cast includes Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong, Joel McHale, Danny Pudi and Jim Rash. ...

Board Game

Term used to describe games played with physical pieces on a (generally flat) board or map, as with Chess. Clearly this definition can overlap with that of Wargames; this encyclopedia has categorized games descended from the board and counter Wargame Tactics (1954) designed by Charles Roberts and sharing its preoccupation with realistic simulation as Wargames, and all other games using similar components as Board Games. The design of such games generally concentrates on enjoyable gameplay ...

Gawsworth, John

Pseudonym of UK editor and author Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong (1912-1970) for most of his work of genre interest, though he signed some work Fytton Armstrong and some T I Fytton Armstrong. He was a close colleague of M P Shiel, and followed him as "ruler" of the mythical Caribbean kingdom of Redonda in 1947, calling himself King Juan I; he created a competent Shiel checklist in the bibliographical Ten Contemporaries: Notes Toward Their Definitive Bibliography (1932) and edited The Best Short ...

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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