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Rouch, James

Possible pseudonym of unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of the Zone sequence of Military SF adventures set well into World War Three, beginning with The Zone #1: Hard Target (1980) and ending with The Zone #10: Death March (2007 ebook). In a radioactive strip of German territory known as the Zone, an elite combat unit tries to survive. [JC]


Term introduced by Fred Saberhagen for the implacably life-hating machines of his extensive Berserker series, which began with the short story "Fortress Ship" (January 1963 If; vt "Without a Thought" in Berserker, coll of linked stories 1967). These normally manifest as massive AI-controlled Spaceships with the capability to erase life from entire worlds; they and their minions are also encountered in smaller Robot form. Berserkers soon became a significant icon of Genre SF, a myth whose ...

Star Trek Games

The popularity of Star Trek throughout the 1970s and 1980s led to the creation of a number of games which either had a notable effect on the evolution of their particular form or exerted some influence on the development of the franchise as a whole. Perhaps the most significant were the earliest, the various freely distributed unauthorized Computer Wargames which appeared on academic mainframes during the 1970s, and may have been the first works of their kind designed as games to be played ...

Dungeons of Dredmor

Videogame (2011). Gaslamp Games. Platforms: Win, Lin, Mac. / Dungeons of Dredmor is an indie Roguelike videogame in which the player fights the insurmountable obstacles of huge eyebrows and utter ineptness. Featuring much battling through dungeons with only a selected amount of skills, this is a deliberately silly game about choosing the right, or wrong skills in order to survive. / In Dungeons of Dredmor, players proceed through a series of randomly generated levels which become more ...

Zornado, J

(1964-    ) US academic and author whose Future History sequence, beginning with 2050 Volume One: Gods of Little Earth (2007; rev vt 2050: A Future History, Volume 1: Gods of Little Earth 2011), is set partly in the very Near Future and two millennia later, in what has become a virtual Ruined Earth as a consequence of a piling up of Disasters, including global warming (see Climate Change), Ecological degradation, Pollution and War. The plot is driven by the attempts of ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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