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Gears of War

Videogame (2006). Epic Games (EG). Designed by Cliff Bleszinski. Platforms: XB360 (2006); Win (2007). / Gears of War is a squad-based Third Person Shooter which shares much with the same developers' earlier First Person Shooter Unreal (1998). The setting is an interstellar colony planet, ravaged by subterranean Aliens known as the "Locust Horde" and defended by the titular human soldiers. The tone is that of the more Clichéd kind of Military SF; Gears features orbital laser weapons ...

Snegov, Sergei

Pseudonym of Russian author Sergei Iosifovich Shtein (1910-1994), whose Posol bez Veritel'nyh Gramo (coll of linked stories 1977; trans Alex Miller as Ambassador Without Credentials 1989) describes the interstellar adventures of two sibling Scientists, Roy and Henry Vasilyev, as they confront problems couched in Thought Experiment frames, sometimes involving mysterious deaths that must be investigated, and solve them handily. The book-length title story, and most of the related shorter works, ...

Pujol, René

(1887-1942) French journalist, screenwriter, director and author, a prolific author of adventure tales, some of these engaging in planet-smasher pyrotechnics, like La Planète Invisible ["The Invisible Planet"] (1931), in which a visiting planet threatens Disaster to the Solar System or Au Temps des Brumes ["The Time of the Mist"] (1932), where Earth is choked in a light-devouring cloud. The two novels translated by Brian Stableford in The Chimerical Quest (omni 2016) are similar: in Le ...

Schweitzer, Darrell

(1952-    ) US critic, editor, bookseller and author who was early active in sf Fandom, publishing some amateur fiction, though his first professional story of genre interest was "Come to Mother" for Weirdbook #4 in 1971, but who has spent his energies very variously for many years, coming initially to notice with a series of critical studies [they are broken down in the Checklist below] including Lovecraft in the Cinema (1975 chap), The Dream Quest of H.P. Lovecraft (1978 ...

Kolupaev, Viktor

(1936-2001) Russian author who made a striking debut in 1966, soon becoming a leading author of Soft SF; his work has been likened to that of Ray Bradbury. His lyrical short stories are assembled in Slutchitsia Zhe S Tchelovekom Takoie! ["What Can Happen to a Man?"] (coll 1972), Katcheli Otshel'nika (coll 1974; trans Helen Saltz Jacobson with somewhat differing contents as Hermit's Swing 1980) and Poiushii Les ["The Singing Forest"] (coll 1984). Kolupaeav's only novel is the controversial and ...

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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