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Metamorphosis Alpha

Role Playing Game (1976). Tactical Studies Rules (TSR). Designed by James Ward. / Metamorphosis Alpha was the first science fiction RPG. It is set on a Generation Starship (the "Warden") which has suffered an unspecified disaster many years in the game's past, a concept inspired by Brian Aldiss's novel Non-Stop (1956 Science Fantasy #17; exp 1958; cut vt Starship 1959). The player characters (many of whom have mutated, and possess curious mental and physical powers) could be descendants of ...

Zemeckis, Robert

(1952-    ) US filmmaker whose early career as director and screenwriter was nurtured by Steven Spielberg through a series of flops until the success of Romancing the Stone (1984) enabled him to make his pet Time Travel project Back to the Future (1985). Besides that film's back-to-back sequels, his other major sf credit as director is Contact (1997), which won a Hugo for best dramatic presentation. He produced Mars Needs Moms (2011), was an executive producer for Real Steel ...

Fanzine

A fanzine is an Amateur Magazine produced by sf fans and increasingly defined by its focus on Fandom and individual fans rather than on science fiction or sf stories. The term "fanzine", first coined by Russ (Louis Russell) Chauvenet in the October 1940 issue of his magazine Detours, has since been borrowed and used by Comics collectors, wargamers, underground publishers, music fans and other non-sf enthusiasts. A particularly popular category in the 1980s and 1990s UK was the soccer fanzine. / ...

Maxwell, Everina

(?   -    ) UK author whose first novel, The Course of Honor (2017 ebook; rev vt Winter's Orbit 2021), is a Space Opera where individual planets are bunched into local empires which have themselves been coordinated into a defensive network known as the Resolution. At the verge of a renewal of this network, marital upsets, and some gender insecurities (see Sex), threaten the dynasty that governs the provincial Empire of Iskat (see Planetary Romance). ...

Berla, Kathryn

(?   -    ) US author, mostly of Young Adult tales in various genres; much of her work is nonfantastic. She is of interest for two novels. Dream Me (2017) features a young man named Zat from the wasteland Earth of what may be the moderately distant Near Future;, he has been using Time Travel to return to the contemporary world where he inhabits the dreams of the girl he loves, but his occupancy of her dreams is damaging her health. Health issues also trigger ...

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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