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Moore, Phyllis S

(?   -    ) Canadian author, whose sf tale, Williwaw! (1978), about Near Future separatist revolt in Newfoundland, is surprisingly violent. [JC]

Spacesuits and Sixguns

US Online Magazine produced by David L Duggins, Gatesville, Texas. It ran for six issues, Winter (January) 2007 to Fall 2008, though later issues went online rather later than their date suggested. It paid Semiprozine rates. This was an unabashed Retro-Pulp magazine of rip-roaring adventure stories – or at least that was the original idea when the editor conceived the magazine while he was recovering from a road accident. In the event he received stories of much higher quality than the ...

Galactic Cowboys

US rock group who have returned repeatedly to sf themes in their music. Their 1991 eponymous debut crashes and bashes through songs that use the Moon landing, including audio samples of Neil Armstrong, as a point of reference: particularly "Pump Up The Space Suit" and the ironically titled (given its raucously insistent heavy metal style) "Sea of Tranquillity". "Ranch on Mars" self-referentially celebrates the band as cosmic ranchers on Mars, and an identically titled but different song on the ...

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Videogame (1999). Firaxis Games (FG). Designed by Brian Reynolds, Sid Meier. Platforms: Win (1999); Mac (2000); Lin (2001). / Alpha Centauri is a 4X Game based on an attempt to colonize the eponymous solar system. It is much influenced by the designers' Civilization series of historical games, particularly Sid Meier's Civilization II (1996 MicroProse, Win; 1997 Mac; 1998 PS1) designed by Brian Reynolds, Douglas Caspian-Kaufman, Jeff Briggs, to which it is an unofficial sequel. In ...

Damnation Alley

Film (1977). Landers-Roberts/Zeitman/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Jack Smight. Written by Alan Sharp, Lukas Heller, based on Damnation Alley (1969) by Roger Zelazny. Cast includes George Peppard, Dominique Sanda and Jan-Michael Vincent. 95 minutes cut to 91 minutes. Colour. / In this travesty the solitary, snarling, Hell's Angel protagonist of Zelazny's Post-Holocaust novel has become four fairly decent Air Force officers. There are almost no survivors of World War Three. The officers ...

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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