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Board Game (2012). Guillotine Games. / Zombicide is a turn-based cooperative board game in which 1-6 players must survive a series of Zombie Disaster scenarios. Players take the role of an individual character with their own special powers and must survive a series of deadly turn-based attacks by zombies. The atmosphere of the game is intended to generate a B-movie ambience, with characters, game scenarios and zombies evoking traditional stereotypes (see Clichés) and tropes from the ...

Barzman, Ben

(1910-1989) Canadian-born US scriptwriter – his collaborative script for the film The Boy with Green Hair (1948) directed by Joseph Losey was much admired – who was soon blacklisted for his earlier membership in the Communist Party, though he managed to write about twenty-five produced scripts under his own and other names; he and his wife Norma Barzman (1920-    ), also creatively active in Hollywood, had moved to Europe by 1949. His sf novel, Out of this World ...

Porta, Antonio

Pseudonym of Italian poet and author Leo Paolazzi (1935-1989), whose sf novel, Il re del maggazino (1978; trans Lawrence R Smith as The King of the Storeroom 1992), follows the travels and ruminations of its dying protagonist as he traverses a distant Near Future Italy ravaged by Ecological degradation, a Dystopia in the last throes of terminal dissolution. At the end of the tale, hints of a redemptive return of a pre-industrial natural order are mooted, cautiously. [JC]

Beaujon, Paul

Pseudonym of US-born author and typographer Beatrice Lamberton Warde (1900-1969), famous for This Is a Printing Office (1932 broadsheet) under her own name. Her sf novella, The Shelter in Bedlem (1937 chap; rev vt Peace Under Earth: Dialogues from the Year 1946 1938 chap), expresses a grim view of the Dystopia which would follow the end of conflict. The Crystal Goblet: Sixteen Essays on Typography (coll 1955) as Beatrice Warde conveys her passionate involvement in proper typography as a window ...

Garn, Jake

Working name of US politician and author Edwin Jacob Garn (1932-    ), a Republican, US Senator for Utah 1974-1993. During his tenure, he flew on the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985, the first sitting member of the US Congress to engage personally in Space Flight. His sf novel, Night Launch (1989) with Stephen Paul Cohen of the Brookings Institute, posits a Near Future neo-Nazi terrorist takeover of the Discovery, but justice triumphs. [JC]

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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