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Dungeons of Dredmor

Videogame (2011). Gaslamp Games. Platforms: Win, Lin, Mac. / Dungeons of Dredmor is an indie Roguelike videogame in which the player fights the insurmountable obstacles of huge eyebrows and utter ineptness. Featuring much battling through dungeons with only a selected amount of skills, this is a deliberately silly game about choosing the right, or wrong skills in order to survive. / In Dungeons of Dredmor, players proceed through a series of randomly generated levels which become more ...


In 1816, a few weeks before the declaration of Argentine independence, the country's first science fiction story, "Delirio" ["Delirium"], was published anonymously in the periodical La Prensa Argentina. This short story starts a broad tradition of science fiction in Argentine literature, with more than 50 published works in the nineteenth century. The most outstanding works of that century belong to the doctor and naturalist Edward L Holmberg (1852-1937), among them Viaje maravilloso del ...

Sanderson, Brandon

(1975-    ) US author, of considerable significance for his Heroic Fantasies [for this term and for Robert Jordan see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], coming to wide notice with his continuations of Jordan's Wheel of Time sequence and his own Mistborn sequence [neither listed below]. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Reckoners series beginning with Steelheart (2013), which is set in a Ruined Earth world in which radioactive action has created Superheroes, but ...

Stoneham, C T

(1895-1965) Indian-born author, educated in the UK and in active service during World War One, living much of his adult life in Kenya and South Africa; he wrote some mysteries and westerns as by Norgrove Thurley. Of his fiction, much of which was set in Africa and featured animals both native and imported; his extremely numerous stories for the London Evening News between 1933 and 1964 usually focused on animals in the wild. The young protagonist of the Kaspa sequence – comprising The ...

Lowndes, Robert A W

(1916-1998) US author and editor, often referred to as "Doc" Lowndes, a member of the Futurians fan group and collaborator on several stories with other members of the group under the names Arthur Cooke, S D Gottesman, Paul Dennis Lavond and Lawrence Woods. After a spoof article, "Report of the Plutonian Ambassador by Sir Doc Lowndes" (September 1935 Wonder Stories) – appearing in the magazine's letter column and not its contents list – his first sf story was "The Outpost at Altark" ...

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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