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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...


Videogame (1995). Psygnosis. Designed by Nick Burcombe. Platforms: DOS, PS1, Win (1995); Saturn (1996). / Wipeout is a racing game (see Videogames) set in the mid-twenty-first century, in which players compete for first place using Antigravity vehicles in tightly enclosed tracks. The gameplay is often frenetic, combining strikingly rapid movement through a variety of ...

Rōjin Z

Animated film (1991 Japan; vt Roujin Z, 1994 UK). Movic, Sony Music Entertainment, The Television, Tokyo Theatres, TV Asahi. Directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo. Written by Katsuhiro Ōtomo. Cast includes Shinsuke Chikaishi, Hikojirō Matsumura, Shinji Ogawa and Chisa Yokoyama. 80 minutes. Colour. / Amid the high expectations engendered by the success of Akira (1988), Katsuhiro Ōtomo restricted ...

Bulawayo, NoViolet

Pseudonym of Zimbabwean author academic and author Elizabeth Zandile Tshele (1981-    ), in US from early adulthood; active from around 2010. Her first novel, the nonfantastic We Need New Names (2013), was widely acclaimed. Her second, Glory (2022), is a strongly Satirical Beast Fable on the lines of George Orwell's Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (1945 chap) [for Beast Fable ...

Martian Wave, The

US low-paying Online Magazine published originally by ProMart Publishing, Carmichael, California, by James B Baker, and after Baker's death in 2002 it was taken over by Sam's Dot Publishing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, under Tyree Campbell. The editor from January 2003 was J Alan Erwine who continued with the magazine when it transferred to Nomadic Delirium Press, Aurora, Colorado in 2013. He remained with the magazine until he closed it down in 2018. The magazine ...

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 ...

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