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Sunless Sea

Videogame (2014). Failbetter Games. Designed by Alexis Kennedy. Platforms: PC. / Expanding the world first seen in Fallen London (2009), Sunless Sea takes the player away from the smoke of Fallen London in order to sail and explore the mysterious Unterzee that surrounds it. The game is considerably different from the original, changing the genre of the game and expanding the compact, narratively dense world created in Fallen London. / The sunless "Unterzee" of the game moves the player ...

Duchamp, L Timmel

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "O's Story" in Memories and Visions: Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction (anth 1989) edited by Susann Sturgis, and whose career initially concentrated on short fiction, some of which was assembled as Love's Body, Dancing in Time (coll 2004). Her work is articulately Feminist, vatic, energized, though her style seems at times overstressed. Through this work, and nonfiction assembled as The Grand ...


Videogame (1989). Maelstrom Games (MG). Designed by Mike Singleton. Platforms: AtariST (1989); Amiga, DOS (1990). / Midwinter is an unusual combination of real time Computer Role Playing Game and Computer Wargame, set on an isolated island in the aftermath of a devastating meteorite strike which has plunged Near Future Earth into a world wide winter (see Disaster). The design echoes that of Singleton's previous work, the Heroic Fantasy Lords of Midnight (1984) (see Computer Wargames), and ...

Battlefleet Mars

Board and counter Wargame (1977). Simulations Publications Inc (SPI). Designed by Redmond Simonsen, B E Hessel. / BattleFleet Mars is a convincing simulation of a limited conflict between an Earth-based corporation and the rebellious employees who operate its colonies on Mars and in the asteroid belt, presented as part of a realistic Future History of the inner solar system during the twenty-first century. Unusually, most of the spacecraft in the game are civilian vessels hastily adapted ...

Hancock, Anson Uriel

(1856-1895) US author whose Coitlan: A Tale of the Inca World (1893) describes an Incan civilization in Peru at the time of the Spanish conquest; their fate is intertwined with that of a doomed race of tiny humanoids with tails (see Apes as Human; Lost Race). Coitlan is a princess. [JC]

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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