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Lunar Lander

Videogame (1969). Designed by Jim Storer. Platforms: Mainframe, Arcade, Others. / The first version of Lunar Lander, known as the Lunar Landing Game (1969 Mainframe) and designed by Jim Storer, was turn-based, using a keyboard to accept commands and a teletype printer to display the results. In a homage to the Apollo missions, players had to land a lunar module on the surface of the Moon, while conserving their limited supply of fuel. Storer was a student at a US high school when he wrote ...

Perry, Walter Copland

(1814-1911) UK author, lawyer and archaeologist in whose sf novel, The Revolt of the Horses (1898), the Houyhnhnms from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735) arrive in the Near Future England of 1950. Finding humans as terrible as ever – a Future War features in the tale – they decide to destroy the race. [JC]

Real Time Tactics

Term used to describe a form of Computer Wargame in which players fight small scale military battles, typically adopting the role of a squad commander. Events occur continuously (in "real time") and moves must be made without prolonged reflection. Sf members of the form include Syndicate (1993) and Mech Commander (1998) (see Battletech). [NT]

Mallett, Daryl F

(1969-    ) US bibliographer whose work, beginning in the early 1990s and often in collaboration with Robert Reginald, has been of growing significance for sf scholarship. Publications include the much-expanded second and third editions of Reginald's Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards: A Comprehensive Guide to the Awards and their Winners (1981; exp 1991; exp 1993) with Reginald, for which Mallett performed the essential updating tasks; and The Work of Jack Vance: An ...

Ayrton, Michael

UK journalist, broadcaster, sculptor, painter and author born Michael Ayrton Gould (1921-1975), using his father's surname until adolescence, when he took the surname of his mother the politician Barbara Ayrton (1886-1950), also recognizing in this fashion his grandmother the engineer and mathematician Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923); married to Elisabeth Ayrton from 1952 until his death. He was much respected as an illustrator and stage designer; through much of this work recurred images of the ...

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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