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Gier, Scott G

(1948-    ) US author of a military sf series, the Genellan sequence – comprising Genellan: Planetfall (1995), Genellan: In the Shadow of the Moon (1996), Genellan: First Victory (1997) and Genellan: Earth Siege (2005) – in which an First Contact between a gingerly expansionist humanity and a mysterious Alien race called the Ulaggi ends in disaster for humans; later, another alien race – also victims of the previous race – battles another human ship, ...

Robots [film]

Animated film (2005). Blue Sky Studios/ 20th Century Fox. Directed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha. Written by David Lindsay-Abaire, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, based on a story by Ron Mita, Jim McClain and Mita. Cast includes Halle Berry, Mel Brooks, Ewan McGregor and Robin Williams. 91 minutes. Colour. / Were it not for the quality of the CGI, one would be forgiven for thinking this example of committee-designed Edisonade had been released in the previous century. Rodney ...

Taylor, Geoff

(1946-    ) British artist. After studying graphic design at Chesterfield College of Art, Taylor initially worked in advertising before shifting his attention to book covers in the mid-1970s. Since that time he has painted about 300 book covers, mostly for works of Fantasy, though he has also done covers for a number of sf novels and has increasingly devoted his energies to gaming-related illustration. Among other accomplishments, he provided interior illustrations for Jeff ...

Schenck, Hilbert

(1926-2013) US engineer, university lecturer and author who published his first sf story, "Tomorrow's Weather" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in April 1953, long before he became seriously (though briefly) involved in fiction; much of his nonfiction of the 1950s and 1960s dealt lovingly with the ocean and with oceanological research and exploration technologies. His first two novels are both set in the ocean-girt Cape Cod region of New England, followed suit; they share a ...

Anarchy Online

Videogame (2001). Funcom. Designed by Gaute Godager, Ragnar Tørnquist. Platforms: Win. / Anarchy Online is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game which could be characterized as a form of shared Planetary Romance. It is set on the far future world of Rubi-Ka, where the morally suspect hypercorporation Omni-Tek is mining notum, a substance vital to the production of Nanotechnological devices. Players can choose to align themselves with Omni-Tek or the rebellious local Clans, ...

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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