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Videogame (1989). Maelstrom Games (MG). Designed by Mike Singleton. Platforms: AtariST (1989); Amiga, DOS (1990). / Midwinter is an unusual combination of real time Computer Role Playing Game and Computer Wargame, set on an isolated island in the aftermath of a devastating meteorite strike which has plunged Near Future Earth into a world wide winter (see Disaster). The design echoes that of Singleton's previous work, the Heroic Fantasy Lords of Midnight (1984) (see Computer Wargames), and ...

Dyer, Wayne, Dr

(1940-2015) US medical doctor, motivational speaker and author of nonfiction texts like Your Erroneous Zones (1976), and of one sf novel, Gifts from Eykis: A Story of Self-Discovery (1983), in which an Alien makes First Contact with humans on this planet, and attempts (successfully) to persuade humans to live fuller lives. [JC]


Videogame (1991). Legend Entertainment. Designed by Robert Bates. Platforms: DOS. / TimeQuest is an illustrated text Adventure in which the player, adopting the role of an operative in a future organization of Time Police, must undo the alterations to history made by a rogue agent before they become irreversible. The basic structure of the game is modular (see Interactive Narrative); many different points in space-time, each of which corresponds to a Jonbar Point which must be restored to ...

Sugar, Andrew

(?   -?   ) US author of whom nothing is known beyond his authorship of the Enforcer sequence of action thrillers beginning with The Enforcer (1973). The sf element in individual stories is sometimes minimal, though the underlying premise is sf: the protagonist Jason, caught in a body dying of cancer, is employed by an Institute which offers him new but temporary bodies (see Identity Transfer), each of them to be deployed in fighting international criminals and ...

Okun, Lawrence

(1929-2004) US medical doctor and author whose sf novel, On the 8th Day (1980; vt On the Eighth Day 1981), treats Genetic Engineering in terms of the Paranoia it evokes. [JC/DRL]

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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