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Andromeda Conquest

Videogame (1982). Avalon Hill. Designed by David Peterson. Platforms: AppleII, Atari8. C64, DOS, PET, TRS80. / Andromeda Conquest is a game of turn-based interstellar warfare which uses text menus and somewhat rudimentary two-dimensional displays to represent conflict between various Galactic Empires. Each player begins as absolute ruler of a species which has recently invented a Faster Than Light drive, with the intention of expanding out into the galaxy, conquering and colonizing ...

Johnson, Henry T

(1858-1931) UK editor and author, extremely prolific from an early age, producing boys' stories (see Boys' Papers; Children's SF) for many markets; The Ape Man (circa 1930) is an Apes as Human adventure for the Young Adult market. [JC]

Dix, Maurice B

(1889-1977) UK-born businessman and author, in Canada from an early age, serving in World War One from 1914 in the Canadian Infantry, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant; mostly active in the 1930s. His contributions to the Sexton Blake Library veer unremarkably into the fantastic. A non-Sexton Blake thriller, The Flame of the Khan (1934), contains fantastic elements, including a gem with occult powers. Some non-Blake tales are of sf interest. In The Golden Fluid (1935), an Oriental cadre ...

Fallen London

Videogame (2009; vt Echo Bazaar). Failbetter Games. Designed by Alexis Kennedy. Web. / Fallen London is an internet browser-based game set in a decaying alternative London (see also Ruins and Futurity), which also contains elements of Science and Sorcery, or perhaps more accurately Steampunk and Sorcery. The game was developed with a design tool called StoryNexus, for which Fallen London was both the prototype and initial reason for development. StoryNexus is available for anyone to use, ...

Cummins, Harle Oren

US author (1877-1937) who began selling stories to Pulp magazines and newspapers while studying mining engineering at MIT. Of those stories collected in Welsh Rarebit Tales (coll 1902) at least four, including "The Space Annihilator" (September 1901 Argosy as "Martin Bradley's Space Annihilator") and "The Man Who Made a Man" (December 1901 McClure's), have considerable sf interest. In the former story a Matter Transmitter is introduced. Some of his other tales are Fantasy, some showing the ...

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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