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Space Channel 5

Videogame (1999). United Game Artists. Designed by Tetsuya Mizuguchi. Platforms: DC (1999), PS2 (2002), GBA (2003), PS3. Win (2011). / 2499 CE. Aliens have invaded Spaceport 9 and are forcing people to dance. Hotshot reporter Ulala, host of Ulala's Swinging Report Show and member of Space Channel 5, has been sent to the source of the trouble to investigate. Ulala must fight for her ratings, as well as against the aliens all over the Space Station. / Space Channel 5 is a rhythm videogame ...

Smith, Oli

(?   -    ) UK author exclusively to date associated with the Doctor Who universe, having written several Ties: Nuclear Time (2010) for the Doctor Who New Series, Decide Your Destiny: Judoon Monsoon (2010) for the Doctor Who: Decide Your Destiny series, and the nonfiction The Eleventh Doctor: Matt Smith (2010) for the Doctor Who Nonfiction series. [JC]

EVE Online

Videogame (2003). CCP Games (CCP). Designed by Reynir Harðarson. Platforms: Win (2003); Lin, Mac (2007). / EVE Online is perhaps best described as a Massively Multiplayer Online Space Sim (see Massively Multiplayer Online Games). While the game has role-playing elements, including the ability to improve the skills of player characters, it could be said that in EVE Online a player's true character is their Spaceship. The setting is a Space Opera universe in which a group of humans have ...

Neufeld, John

(1938-2021) US author, mostly for Young Adult readers, beginning with Edgar Allan (1968). He is of sf interest for Sleep, Two, Three, Four! (1971), a highly politicized Near Future Dystopia dominated by "Nixon and Company", and featuring the attempts of a group of teenagers to transcend their conditioning – the model of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is present throughout – and to rescue a friend from a detention centre. [JC]

Lawrence, Josephine

(1889-1978) US editor and author, active and prolific from about 1915 in both capacities, concentrating in her early career on work for younger children, soon contributing tales for girls, under various names, to the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Though much of this material may verge on the fantastic, she is of sf interest primarily for an adult novel, Not a Cloud in the Sky (1964), a Dystopian vision of a Near Future America where those over 65 are "retired" to reservations. [JC]

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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