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Board and counter Wargame (1973). Game Designers' Workshop (GDW). Designed by Marc Miller. / Triplanetary is an early space combat Wargame, noted for the elegance and simplicity of its design. Small numbers of spacecraft are represented by counters on a mapboard divided into hexagons, with a plastic overlay on which movement vectors can be drawn and erased. The system models Newtonian ...

Priestley, J B

(1894-1984) UK playwright, man of letters and author, in active service throughout World War One, being wounded more than once: the War to him was a "deep, unhealing wound", and he retained his anger at the British "officer class" for the rest of his life. After some journalism from around 1913, and a whimsical volume of poetry The Chapman of Rhymes (coll 1918 chap) [later withdrawn], the savage (if slightly precious) ...

Brandner, Gary

(1930-2013) US author, almost all of whose works are either horror tales or thrillers, including several film Ties; he worked under his own name, which has sometimes been given as Gary Barander, and as Nick Carter, Phil Garrison, Clayton Moore and Lee Davis Willoughby. Of his large output, the best known title is The Howling (1977), a Werewolf story which was loosely adapted for the ...

Moore, Stuart

(?   -    ) UK author of two Ties to the Wargame Dark Future, Dark Future: American Meat (2005) and Dark Future: Reality Bites (2006). He also novelized the film John Carter (2012). The Zodiac Legacy trilogy with Stan Lee, opening with Convergence (2015) is ...

Hartland, Christopher

(?   -    ) UK author whose self-identification as queer and autistic usefully frames the lines of energy driving his first novel, the Young Adult Against the Stars (2023), whose protagonist learns his true nature through a commercial Time Viewer device known as GlimpseTech. The 45 second "glimpse" given him into his future tells him who he's in love with; against an increasingly ...

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 ...

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