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Munson, Donald

(?   -    ) US author of the Near Future Satire President Kissinger: A Political Fiction (1974) with Monroe Rosenthal, in which, employing a Bismarckish decisiveness, Henry Kissinger creates a one-world government, which he heads, and which America dominates. [JC]

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Videogame (1999). Firaxis Games (FG). Designed by Brian Reynolds, Sid Meier. Platforms: Win (1999); Mac (2000); Lin (2001). / Alpha Centauri is a 4X Game based on an attempt to colonize the eponymous solar system. It is much influenced by the designers' Civilization series of historical games, particularly Sid Meier's Civilization II (1996 MicroProse, Win; 1997 Mac; 1998 PS1) designed by Brian Reynolds, Douglas Caspian-Kaufman, Jeff Briggs, to which it is an unofficial sequel. In ...

Reisman, Jessica

(1963-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Arcana of Maps" for The Third Alternative #23 in 2000, which became the title story of her first collection, The Arcana of Maps and Other Stories (coll 2019); her sf novel, The Z Radiant (2004), is set in on a planet in a region of space accessible solely through Wormholes, which open only once a generation, at which point the natives tend to succumb to Cargo Cult behaviour, new Technologies and ...

Page, Spider

Pseudonym of US author Donald Graham Cormack (1909-2002), active in the Pulp magazines beginning with his first recorded sale "Revolt of the Circus Freaks" (October/November 1938 Horror Stories); his Blue Steel #1: The Ultimate Answer to Evil (1979) had originally been written as "Slaughter, Inc" in 1943 to continue the Spider sequence (see Norvell W Page) in Spider, but was not printed then due to the closure of the magazine. Copyright considerations explain the change of name to Blue Steel. ...

Mark, Jan

(1943-2006) UK author, most significantly for Young Adult audiences; her several tales for younger readers, some of them acutely conceived picture books, are also of interest. Though much of her older fiction is set in the here-and-now, her sf stories – which are more complex, dark-hued and longer than her non-fantastic work, – are almost certainly her best work, and are very nearly indistinguishable, except for the age of their protagonists, from adult fiction. After two fine ...

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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