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Adams, Brock

(1982-    ) US teacher and author, active from around 2005; his first book, Gulf (coll 2010), earlier made available as his 2008 MFA thesis for the University of Central Florida, does not focus on the fantastic, except as a kind of mood music evoked by the Gulf of Mexico. In his first novel, Ember ( 2017), the first signs that the Sun is dying spur a futile attempt on the part of the nations of the world to goose it back into normalcy by dosing it with nuclear Weapons. The ...

Ōhara Mariko

(1959-    ) Japanese author whose characterization of her own later work as Widescreen Baroque aptly summarizes its poetic whimsy and operatic breadth. However, she has been more influential as a writer on matters of Feminism and Transgender SF, particularly in several Cyberpunk-era speculations on gender ambiguity. Many of her characters are vehicles of constant and exponential consumption, a severe critique of the dangers of hyper-capitalism. As one of the most prominent ...

Collectible Card Game

Term used to describe a form of Card Game in which the cards are both collectible in the manner of trading cards (see Collectibles) and usable as a game. Individual cards typically come with their own rules for play, any potential conflicts being resolved by a set of "meta rules" which apply to the game as a whole. Such games are generally sold as starter sets or basic "decks", which contain the core rules and an initial set, or deck of cards, and expansion sets, which include selections of ...

Kilworth, Garry

(1941-    ) UK author who began to publish sf and fantasy stories and novels in the mid-1970s, having retired after eighteen years' service as a cryptographer in the RAF; raised partly in Aden, he has travelled and worked in the Far East and the Pacific; he has also published as by Richard Argent, Garry Douglas, Kim Hunter and F K Salwood [a name used for historical novels, not listed below; nor is the Jack Crossman series of historical adventures as by G D Kilworth listed ...

Androids

The term "android", which means "manlike", was initially used of Automata, and the form "androides" first appeared in English in 1727 in reference to supposed attempts by the alchemist Albertus Magnus (circa 1200-1280) to create an artificial man; but something like androids long precede their being called androids. Treating Caliban as android-like may over-egg Prospero's Godgame control over his creatures in William Shakespeare's The Tempest (performed circa 1611; 1623), though it is clear ...

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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