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Star Wars: X-Wing

Videogame (1993). Totally Games (TG). Designed by Lawrence Holland, Edward Kilham. Platforms: DOS (1993); rev DOS (1994); Mac, Win (1996). / Star Wars: X-Wing is the first in a series of Space Sims set in the Star Wars universe. Written by developers who had previously worked on World War Two aerial conflict simulations, they present space combat as primarily a form of dogfighting between single pilot starfighters, as do the films they reference. X-Wing and Wing Commander (1990) popularized ...

Longstreth, T Morris

(1886-1975) US author active from 1915 or earlier; of sf interest is a late juvenile (see Children's SF) tale, Time Flight (1954), in which two contemporary young men are Timeslipped into seventeenth-century Salem at the time of the witch trials, and find themselves in danger. [JC]

Wilks, Mike

(1947-    ) UK illustrator and author, who began to publish drawings of genre interest with his highly intricate, architecturally imaginative portrayal of the eponymous Edifice or City conceived in conjunction with a long narrative poem by Brian W Aldiss as Pile: Petals from St Klaed's Computer (graph 1979). Pile itself – drawn by Wilks in terms evocative of the work of M C Escher and Giovanni Battista Piranesi – is a claustrophobic but playful expression of the ...

Kornblatt, Marc

(?   -    ) US author of contributions to two Shared World series: Flame of the Inquisition (1986) and Mission to World War II (1986) with Susan Nanus (see World War Two) for the Time Machine sequence; and Paul Revere and the Boston Tea Party (1987) for the Time Traveler sequence. Time Travel is involved throughout. [JC]

Kennedy, R A

(?   -?   ) UK author whose first, nonfiction work is Space and Spirit: A Commentary Upon the Work of Sir Oliver Lodge Entitled "Life and Matter" (1909). Much of the speculative content of this essay is carried over into his sf novel, The Triuneverse: A Scientific Romance (1912) as by "The Author of Space and Spirit". This is devoted mostly to conversations on Cosmology conducted sometime in the future, in a manner consistent with early Scientific Romance, between ...

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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