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Cox, Greg

Working name of US author William Gregory Cox (1959-    ), who began to publish work of genre interest with "Empty Screen Lament" for Fantasy Book, May 1983. Most of his fiction comprises Ties to various comics characters; they include Iron Man, beginning with Iron Man: The Armor Trap (1995), and X-Men & Avengers, beginning with X-Men & the Avengers: Gamma Quest, Book 1: Lost and Found (1999), both Marvel Comics franchises, as well as a Daredevil film tie, Daredevil ...

Wilber, Rick

Working name of US academic and author Richard Arnold Wilber (1948-    ), who began to publish work of genre interest with "Horatio Hornblower and the Songs of Innocence" (in Chrysalis 6, anth 1980, ed Roy Torgeson), and many of whose short stories have been assembled as Where Garagiola Waits and Other Baseball Stories (coll 1999), To Leuchars (coll 2001) and Rambunctious: Nine Tales of Determination (coll 2020), this last volume containing some powerfully elegiac tales with ...

Zahir

US low-paying literary magazine which ran for 28 quarterly issues from Summer 2003 to October 2011. It was published by Zahir Publishing, Encinitas, California and edited by Sheryl Tempchin. It was initially a Print Magazine with twenty quarterly issues from Summer 2003 to Winter 2009. From issue #21 (January 2010) it became an Online Magazine, retaining its quarterly schedule but ceased with issue #28 (October 2011). Material published online appeared in the annual anthologies Zahir Anthology ...

System Shock

Videogame (1994). Looking Glass Studios (LG). Designed by Doug Church. Platforms: DOS (1994); Mac (1995). / System Shock is an early First Person Shooter much influenced by Computer Role Playing Games. It is set in a Cyberpunk world, with gameplay which combines puzzle solution, exploration and combat. Interestingly, the difficulty of the puzzles and the amount of combat can be set before starting the game, allowing players to choose the mix of action and Adventure they prefer. The game ...

Verba, Joan Marie

(1953-    ) US editor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Death's Scepter" in Four Moons of Darkover (anth 1988) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley; much of her subsequent work has been for younger readers. She is of sf interest for her contributions to a Shared World sequence of original Ties to the Thunderbirds universe beginning with Thunderbirds: Countdown to Action (2008); they are unconnected to the Television series (see Thunderbirds). She has ...

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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