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Allston, Aaron

(1960-2014) US author and Role Playing Game designer who published many nonfiction pieces in this area, was editor of Space Gamer magazine 1982-1983, and co-designed the games Justice, Inc (1984) and The Savage Empire (1990) (see Worlds of Ultima). Several though not all of his novels are tied to the Star Wars universe [see Checklist below]; his first novel, Web of Danger (1988 dos), ties sf tropes into an espionage thriller frame; other tales of interest include Double Jeopardy (1994), an sf ...

Mannheim, Karl

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of two sf Space Operas forming the short Venus series: When the Earth Died (1950) and Vampires of Venus (1950). They are modestly competent but hasty. [JC]

Squid Girl

Japanese animated tv series (2010-2014). Original title Shinryaku! Ika Musume. Based on the Manga by Masahiro Anbe. Diomedéa. Written by Michiko Yokote. Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima and Yasutaka Yamamoto. Voice cast includes Ayumi Fujimura, Hisako Kanemoto, Hitomi Nabatame, Miki Ōtani and Rie Tanaka. 24 24-minute episodes and five OVAs. Colour. / The routine of a beachfront cafe, the Lemon Beach House, is interrupted by the announcement that it is now the "base of operations ...

Star Wars: X-Wing

Videogame (1993). Totally Games (TG). Designed by Lawrence Holland, Edward Kilham. Platforms: DOS (1993); rev DOS (1994); Mac, Win (1996). / Star Wars: X-Wing is the first in a series of Space Sims set in the Star Wars universe. Written by developers who had previously worked on World War Two aerial conflict simulations, they present space combat as primarily a form of dogfighting between single pilot starfighters, as do the films they reference. X-Wing and Wing Commander (1990) popularized ...

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Film (1991). Lightstorm/Carolco/Tri-Star. Produced, directed and written by James Cameron. Executive producers Mario Kassar, Gale Anne Hurd. Cast includes Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton, Joe Morton, Robert Patrick and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Written by Cameron, William Wisher. 135 minutes. Colour. / A decade after The Terminator (1984), two more Terminators (human-seeming killer Robots) have been sent back to the present from the human-machine wars of 2029 CE, one to eliminate John Connor, ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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