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Cranford, Robin

(1923-    ) South African author, later in the UK; My City Fears Tomorrow (1961), a non-fantastic tale set in Johannesburg, thematically precedes Leave Them Their Pride (1962), which is set in the same general venue in 1975, and deals with the Invasion of South Africa by freed Blacks, and the decision of those whites who survive to accept relegation to a small "homeland". [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 ...

Swann, S Andrew

Pseudonym of US author Steven A Swiniarski (1966-    ), much of whose sf has been constructed as a loose Future History beginning with the Terran Confederacy: Moreau sequence – comprising Forests of the Night (1993), Emperors of the Twilight (1994) and Specters of the Dawn (1994), all three assembled as Moreau Omnibus (omni 2003), plus Fearful Symmetries: The Return of Nohar Rajasthan (1999) – and constructed as group of sf noir detective novels in a world where ...

Nagaoka Shūsei

Working name of Shūzō Nagaoka (1936-2015), a Japanese artist who specialized in graphic design and album cover Illustration. Nagaoka was born in Nagasaki but raised on the remote island of Iki in south-west Japan; his first published work appeared in the magazine Chūgakusei no Tomo ["Middle Schooler's Friend"] in 1955, before he had finished high school. He dropped out of Musashino Art University in 1958 to pursue a career in commercial art, and established an art studio in ...

Sins of a Solar Empire

Videogame (2008). Ironclad Games (IG). Platforms: Win. / Solar Empire is a simulation of space warfare which fuses the conventions of the Real Time Strategy form with those of 4X Games. While many of the design elements it shares with 4X Games were borrowed by the earliest examples of the RTS form (and have become characteristic of the school), the events of Solar Empire play out on a much wider stage than those of a typical RTS, one that incorporates multiple solar systems. The gameplay is ...

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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