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Videogame (2001). Mucky Foot Productions. Platforms: Win. / Startopia is a God Game set on a series of derelict space stations which the player must rebuild after an interstellar war. The developers had previously been part of Peter Molyneux's Bullfrog Productions (BP), and the design is much influenced by such non sf Molyneux games as Theme Park (1994 BP, 3DO, Amiga, DOS, Mac; 1995 CD32, Jaguar, MegaCD, MegaDrive, PS1, Saturn, SNES; 2007 NDS), in which players build and operate modern day ...

DeVos, Elisabeth

(1966-    ) US software designer and author, whose first novel, The Seraphim Rising (1997), translates its already extreme Central Florida setting into a Near Future venue infected by a false Messiah, whose exposure as a video producer creates chaos in Orlando. DeVos has written short fiction since this debut; further novels are hoped for. [JC]

Cockcroft, T G L

(1926-2013) New Zealand fan and bibliographer, in employment with IBM from the pre-electronic punched-card era. In spite of his relative isolation in New Zealand, he was a regular Fanzine contributor and corresponded with Fandom worldwide from an early age. He had letters published in Amazing Stories in the mid-1940s, but his main contributions to the genre were detailed bibliographies, in particular Index to the Weird Fiction Magazines: Index by Title (1962 chap) and Index to the Weird Fiction ...

Kirby, Jack

Pseudonym of US comic-book illustrator Jacob Kurtzberg (1917-1994), who was known as Jack Kirby from about 1940, though he does not seem to have taken that name legally; other early pseudonyms include Jack Curtiss, Curt Davis, Ted Grey, Lance Kirby and Fred Sande. One of the giants in the Comics industry, he began his more than fifty-year career in 1936 working on newspaper comic strips for the Lincoln Newspaper Syndicate; briefly, in 1939, he worked for Fleischer Studios (see Max Fleischer) ...

Wagar, W Warren

(1932-2004) US academic (professor of history since 1971 at the State University of New York at Binghamton, which has since 1991 been Binghamton University) and author. He has published sf – his first story being "Heart's Desire" for Asimov's in July 1984 – but his involvement in the field comes primarily through his many years of work on H G Wells in books like H.G. Wells and the World State (1961), H.G. Wells: Journalism and Prophecy, 1893-1946: An Anthology (anth 1964) and H G ...

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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