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Battlestar Galactica: The Boardgame

Board Game (2008). Fantasy Flight Games. Designed by Corey Konieczka. / Battlestar Galactica: The Boardgame is a cooperative board game of deceit, based on the Television franchise Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009). Rather like the Zombie game Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game (2014), tension in the game arises because the players must collaborate in order to succeed, but there is also a high chance that one of the players on the team may be a Cylon working against them. Worse, although ...

Dalcher, Christina

(?1968-    ) US theoretical linguist and author whose first novel Vox (2018) intensifies (if possible) the Dystopian nightmare of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (1985) through the depiction of a Near Future America where females are allowed to speak only 100 words a day; the penalties for disobedience are sadistic (see Crime and Punishment; Feminism; Women in SF). A certain allegorical thinness typical of Mainstream Writers of SF is both abandoned and affirmed in the ...

Pfeil, Fred

Working name of US academic and author John Frederick Pfeil (1949-2005), whose sf novel, Goodman 2020 (1986), portrays in a superbly suffocating present tense the Dystopian corporate USA of 2020 CE, where all power has fallen into the hands of priest-like businessmen. The most powerful of these hires Goodman in the role of "professional friend", to give him moments of human society, but Goodman eventually kills him, escapes into the barrios (and the narrative dynamism of the more normal past ...

SF Magazines

Sf stories were a popular and prominent feature of such general-fiction Pulp magazines as The Argosy and The All-Story during the first quarter of the twentieth century. They were not, however, known as sf: if there were any need to differentiate them, the terms Scientific Romance or "different stories" might be used, but until the appearance of a magazine specifically devoted to sf no one had coined an accepted term to describe the category. The first specialized English-language pulps with a ...

Cauty, Jimmy

(1956-    ) UK singer-songwriter, artist and author, co-founder with Bill Drummond in 1987 of an electronic rock band, The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu (or the JAMs), taking much of its amply expressed "philosophy" from The Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, a spoof sf extravaganza with Secret Masters and occult Monsters galore. Cauty and Drummond also appeared as The KLF and the K Foundation, and in other combinations; they were most active before ...

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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