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Garfield, Richard

(1963-    ) US Game designer with a PhD in combinatorial mathematics, inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in 1998. Garfield is perhaps the epitome of game designer as celebrity mathematician. He is famous primarily for having invented the modern Collectible Card Game in 1993 with the release of his first published game, Magic: The Gathering (see Card Games), a remarkably complex piece of design with excellently crafted gameplay which ...

Buckner, Robert

(1906-1989) US journalist, screenwriter, producer and author of one sf novel, Starfire (19 March-2 April 1960 Saturday Evening Post as "Moon Pilot"; 1960; vt Moon Pilot 1962). This deals with the misadventures of a US astronaut scheduled for the first ever manned Space Flight to the Moon; it was filmed by Disney as Moon Pilot (1962), which see. [DRL]

Treece, Henry

(1911-1966) UK editor, poet and author, active from the early 1930s; a founder in 1939, under the influence of Herbert Read, of the New Apocalypse group of writers loosely committed to abstractly sacramental takes on the Matter of Britain, in terms of a mythopoetics which might be described as emotionally holistic, but muggy. His own nonfiction take on the movement, published soon after it dissolved, How I See Apocalypse (1946), was moderately assertive. Treece's early poems, beginning with ...

Godwin, Francis

(1562-1633) UK bishop and author, most noted for his striking description of a lunar Utopia in the posthumously and anonymously published The Man in the Moone: Or A Discourse of a Voyage Thither by Domingo Gonsales, the Speedy Messenger (1638). There is considerable debate over the date of composition, some suggesting it was written as early as 1588 after Godwin heard Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) lecture at Oxford, though most recent theories suggest it was written shortly before his death. ...


Film (2009). Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment presents. Written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Cast includes Gerard Butler, Terry Crews, Michael C Hall, John Leguizamo, Logan Lerman, Alison Lohman, Ludacris, Kyra Sedgwick, Amber Valletta and Aaron Yoo. Colour. 94 minutes. / Death-row Prison inmate John "Kable" Tillman (Butler) murders his way through the real-life cast of the Computer Role Playing Game whose Virtual Reality and accompanying Media Landscape obscures ...

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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