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Dark Future

Miniature model-based Wargame (1988). Games Workshop (GW). Designed by Richard Halliwell, Marc Gascoigne. / Dark Future is a game of highway combat, in which players take the role of "Sanctioned Ops" (freelance law enforcement operatives) or "Renegades" (members of criminal gangs). The gameplay is heavily influenced by the earlier Car Wars (1982); the major differences are that Dark Future is simpler and faster to play, and the vehicles are represented by miniature models, which the players ...

Castro, Adam-Troy

(1960-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Clearance to Land" for Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine #5, Fall 1989, and much of whose subsequent work for some years was Horror, though he has published Print On Demand collections which include sf, and Tangled Strings (coll 2004), which incorporates two tales from his AIsource Infection Future History sequence. Vossoff and Nummitz: Just a Couple of Idiots Reupholstering Space and Time (coll 2002) ...

Barclay James Harvest

UK prog-rock band formed in the late 1960s by guitarist John Lees (1947-    ), bassist Les Holroyd (1948-    ), keyboard player Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme (1947-2010) and percussionist Mel Pritchard (1948-2004). The band's folk-influenced music, informed by a rather egregious agrarian pastoralism, occasionally reverted to a Dystopian sf. Their song "Negative Earth" (in Everyone Is Everybody Else, 1974) concerns a marooned astronaut facing his own death. ...

Flood, Tom

(1955-    ) Australian author whose first novel, Oceana Fine (1989), is set in a surreal version of modern Australia, too fantasticated to be a genuine Alternate World but at the same time hauntingly verisimilitudinous. A vast grain elevator houses the eponymous new wheat strain; the elevator becomes a cathedral and the wheat becomes manna. Much of the action takes place in a constantly mutating system of Labyrinths. The End of the World may be nigh. [JC]

Advent: Publishers

Chicago-based specialist publishing house, founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and other sf fan members of the University of Chicago Science Fiction Club. The focus of Advent:Publishers was on critical and bibliographical material, together with works relating to Fandom. Its first book was Damon Knight's In Search of Wonder (coll 1956; exp 1967; exp 1996). Other notable critical volumes are James Blish's two collections of incisive essays The Issue at Hand (coll 1964) and More Issues at Hand (coll ...

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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