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Boyes, Kate

(?   -    ) US author whose first book, Paul McCartney (2003 chap), is a study of the singer-songwriter. She is of sf interest for her first novel, Trapped in the R.A.W. [for full title see Checklist] (2019), a Near Future narrative of its protagonist's survival in an archive library (see Keep) after an Alien Invasion has ...

Forstchen, William R

(1950-    ) US history professor author who has generally concentrated on series, beginning with the Ice Prophet sequence – Ice Prophet (1983), The Flame upon the Ice (1984) and A Darkness upon the Ice (1985) – set in a Ruined Earth venue at some point in the future after an ecological Disaster has caused the planet to become icebound. In this world ...


Role Playing Game (1998). Tactical Studies Rules (TSR). Designed by Bill Slavicsek, Richard Baker. / Alternity was an attempt to create a generic system for role playing in science fiction milieux. It had limited success commercially, though much of the background material was reused in d20 Modern (2002) (see d20). The Alternity core rules are not linked to any specific setting; instead, ...

Game Design

While the practice of game design has no direct relationship to sf, a brief section on the subject has been included here to define and clarify concepts used elsewhere. / Although new Games have been created throughout recorded history, the first attempts at a theory of game design do not seem to have emerged until the early 1970s, among board and counter Wargame developers. The term "game designer" itself, referring to the profession of ...

Dengelegi, Paul

(1963-    ) US author of two Ties to Barry Sadler's Casca series about an undying mercenary on eternal call: Barry Sadler's Casca: The Liberator (1999) and Barry Sadler's Casca: The Defiant (2001). [JC]

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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