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Gibbons, Dave

Working name of prolific, award-winning UK Comic-strip artist David Chester Gibbons (1949-    ); using a bold, firm line style, he specializes in the Superhero genre. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, he trained as a surveyor and began his artistic career providing Illustrations and strips for fanzines. He turned professional in 1973, drawing The Wriggling Wrecker for the D C Thompson comic Wizard. Further strips with an sf flavour followed until, in 1975, he began work on ...

Schwab, B Linn

(?   -    ) US author of Sentinels (2012), a Young Adult Space Opera focusing on its young protagonists' fraught experiences as they move from students to full participants (see Military SF) in a galactic war. The tale is the first volume in a projected series. [JC]


Videogame (1999). Relic Entertainment (RE). Platforms: Win. / Homeworld is a Real Time Strategy game, noted for its innovative use of three-dimensional space and its involving linear storyline (see Interactive Narrative). The setting is Space Opera; the Kushan race, evicted from their homeworld long ago after losing a war against the Taiidan, have settled on the planet of Kharak and forgotten their origins. However, shortly before the beginning of the game the Kushan excavated the ruins of ...

McLoughlin, John C

(1949-    ) US author whose first novel, The Helix and the Sword (1983), is set partly in a Ruined Earth venue five millennia hence, where Mutant beasts have filled the niches abandoned by the remaining humans, who live in Space Habitats restricted to the solar system; when Earth is found to be once again inhabitable, an Adam and Eve coupling of humans on the surface points to recovery. McLoughlin's second novel, Toolmaker Koan (1987), sets up a renewed Cold War tussle ...

Planet Magazine

The oldest surviving continuously published Online Magazine started by Andrew G McGann, New York, in January/March 1994 and running for 35 releases (42 numbered issues but #9/10, #11/12, #13/16 and #27/28 combined and there was no #25) until June 2004 when it switched to a cumulative webzine or blogzine. It began as an E-Zine in plain text, via AOL, and did not convert to a Webzine until Autumn 1996 with issue #11/12, making it the only digital magazine to have existed in all three forms of ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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