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Wing Commander

Videogame (1990). Origin Systems (OS). Designed by Chris Roberts. Platforms: DOS (1990); Amiga, SNES (1992); MegaCD (1994); rev vt Super Wing Commander, 3DO (1994); Mac (1995). / Wing Commander is a combat-based Space Sim, a descendant of Star Raiders (1979). The background is a Space Opera universe in which the Terran Confederation is fighting an interstellar war against the feline Kilrathi; the tone is much influenced by World War Two aircraft carrier operations and the aerial action film ...

McCloy, Helen

(1904-1994) US author, mostly of detective novels; she also wrote as Helen Clarkson. Through a Glass, Darkly (1950) is supernatural horror involving Doppelgangers. The Last Day: A Novel of the Day After Tomorrow (April 1958 Satellite Science Fiction; much exp 1959) as by Clarkson is a Near Future sf novel on an Island off the New England coast during and after a nuclear World War Three caused by the toxic inflexibility of Cold War politics; in the end, the acute, contemplative protagonist faces ...

Smit, Sam

(?   -    ) UK author whose The Serendipity Foundation (2016) focuses on the twenty-first century plan of an aeons-old cabal of Secret Masters to blackmail the world into behaving sanely. The tone is forcedly comic, but intermittently relaxes into seriousness. [JC]

Schaefer, Charles

(?   -    ) US author of Star of the Sun (1997), whose protagonist in the distant Near Future discovers in a small Mediterranean Island a cuneiform reference to a mysterious Disaster; later, undergoing tribulations in a research establishment on Titan (see Outer Planets), he witnesses the devastation of Saturn by a giant Comet due later to strike Earth. Investigations prove that this comet had earlier caused a worldwide Disaster, as demonstrated by the ...

Turk, H C

(1958-    ) US photographer, painter and author who began publishing sf with the comic adventure Ether Ore (1987), an Alternate History tale where the world has been transformed by the eponymous Power Source, which makes space travel cheap, and where a female "Hitler" is a force for peace. The exceedingly ambitious Black Body (1989) presents, in terms readable as both sf and fantasy, the autobiography of an eighteenth-century witch, during which she makes it clear that ...

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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