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Space [game]

Videogame (1979). EduWare Services (EW). Designed by Steven Pederson, Sherwin Steffin. Platforms: AppleII. / Space was the first science-fictional Computer Role Playing Game to be made available commercially. The game was very much influenced by Traveller (1977), to the extent that both it and its sequel were removed from sale in 1982 following a lawsuit by Game Designers' Workshop for unauthorized use of their intellectual property. The largely text-based gameplay involves participating in ...

Boutet, Frédéric

(1874-1941) French author, much of whose work contributed to the Decadent movement in France; it is of some very general interest as providing examples of the conte cruel, and in its occasional use of the topoi of Fantastika [see Checklist for relevant titles], the stories assembled in The Antisocial Man and Other Strange Stories (coll trans Brian Stableford 2013) tending to illustrate this aspect of Boutet's early career. The title novella of this compilation is a translation of the first ...

Universe Science Fiction

US Digest magazine, ten numbered issues June 1953 to March 1955; the first two published by Bell Publications, Chicago, the rest by Palmer Publications, Evanston; #1-#2 edited by George Bell (ghost-edited by Raymond A Palmer and Bea Mahaffey), the rest edited (officially) by Palmer and Mahaffey. / This was a companion magazine to Palmer's Science Stories, and both were really outgrowths of Other Worlds, whose last issue in its first incarnation was dated July 1953. Palmer had taken ...


Animated film (2009). Pixar/Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter. Written by Bob Peterson and Docter, based on a story by Docter, Peterson and Thomas McCarthy. Cast includes Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai and Christopher Plummer. 93 minutes. Colour. / A Lost World adventure with Steampunk flourishes, Up is most notable for containing two of the most effective tear-jerking scenes in cinema history. The first of these takes place at the outset of the film in an unforgettable montage that ...

Stone, Mrs C H

Working name of US author Margaret Manson Barber Stone (1841-1913); her sf novel, One of "Berrian's" Novels (1890), is set in the distant Near Future world described by Edward Bellamy in Looking Backward (1888), and is presented as a tale told by Berrian, a novelist who is a character in that Utopia. The tale itself does not dispute Bellamy's restrictive views of the role of women, though they are permitted to reach positions of power; and focuses on the doomed attempt of those who still resist ...

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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