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Creative Brother's Sci-Fi Magazine

US low-paying print-on-demand Semiprozine produced and edited by Cecil Washington of Oxon Hill, Maryland. It ran for eleven issues from October 2003 to May 2008, usually two issues per year. The magazine was dedicated to running Speculative Fiction either by Black writers or featuring Black characters and Black themes, but it was evident from Washington's regular editorial pleas that acquiring such fiction in sufficient quantity and quality was a constant struggle, added to which sales of the ...

Call of Cthulhu

Role Playing Game (1981). Chaosium. Designed by Sandy Petersen. / Call of Cthulhu is an authorized interpretation of H P Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos in the role playing medium. The core game, set in the 1920s, effectively reflects the central concerns of the Mythos stories, with some variations. Lovecraft's work typically confronts a lone protagonist with inhuman horror, while the requirements of a Role Playing Game mean that in Chaosium's version a team of investigators will normally be ...

Lensman

Board and counter Wargame (1969). Designed by Philip Pritchard. / Lensman is the earliest known sf Wargame to be made available commercially. Like Spacewar (1962), it was inspired by E E Smith's Lensman books. Unlike that game, and despite its lack of authorization from Smith's estate, it is intimately involved with its source material, and difficult to fully understand without a preexisting knowledge of the milieu. The game mechanics are carefully chosen to represent the super-scientific ...

Invisible Avenger, The

Japanese film (1954). Original title Tomei Ningen; vt The Invisible Man. Toho. Directed by Motoyoshi Oda. Written by Shigeaki Hidaka. Special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. Cast includes Seizaburo Kawazu, Minoru Takada and Yoshio Tsuchiya. 70 minutes. Black and white. / During World War Two, Japanese Scientists secretly created a troop of invisible soldiers (see Invisibility); it was believed that they all died in battle at the end of the war, but at least two survived. / In the present ...

Gauger, Rick

Working name of US author Richard C Gauger (1942-    ), who began publishing sf with "The Vacuum-Packed Picnic" for Omni in September 1979. His sf novel, Charon's Ark (1987), intriguingly depicts the hijacking of a 747 full of students, which is taken to Charon, the hollowed-out moon of Pluto, a Macrostructure constructed by Aliens to preserve Earth's Dinosaurs. Charon turns out to be a World Ship with a dangerously defective Computer, whose function is to carry life across ...

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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