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Moore, Ward

(1903-1978) US author, married to Raylyn Moore from 1965 until his death; initially as well known for his works outside the sf field as for those within. Breathe the Air Again (1942) is a picaresque Satire, told from a leftwing workingman's viewpoint rarely expressed in America; and Cloud by Day (1957) comes close to Prediction in its depiction of a savage wildfire that devastates a town in California. Although he contributed only infrequently to the field, each of his books became something of ...

Massively Multiplayer Online Game

Term used to describe a type of Videogame in which large numbers of players interact with each other in a persistent Online World. Various forms exist, including Space Sims, exemplified by EVE Online (2003), and First Person Shooters, such as the science-fictional PlanetSide (2003 Verant Interactive, Win) designed by Terrence Yee, but the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game is by far the most common variant. The term appears to have been first used to promote Meridian 59 (1996 ...

Lee, Yoon Ha

(1979-    ) US author whose Korean background is reflected in some of his story-shapes. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Hundredth Question" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for February 1999, and has published many stories since, in an increasingly wide range of venues; a selection of his best earlier work has been assembled as Conservation of Shadows (coll 2013). His first novel, Ninefox Gambit (2016), initiates the projected Machineries ...

Barry, Max

(1973-    ) Australian author whose first novel, Syrup (1999) as by Maxx Barry, edged toward the fantastic in its spoof treatment of the modern corporate world; his second, Jennifer Government (2003), gains in the force of its attack through full immersion in a Near Future environment in which governments have become enfeebled, and international corporations rule the roost. Echoes of The Space Merchants (July-August 1952 Galaxy as "Gravy Planet"; rev and cut 1953) by C M ...

Bretnor, Reginald

(1911-1992) US author and anthologist, born Alfred Reginald Kahn – he changed his name legally to Bretnor after World War Two – in Vladivostok, Siberia, but resident in the US from 1920; active after World War Two in a number of genres as an author of both fiction and nonfiction. His interest in military theory, which first generated articles and Decisive Warfare (1969), later inspired the Future at War series of anthologies: The Future at War 1: Thor's Hammer: On or Near Earth ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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