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Carpenter, Scott

(1925-2013) US astronaut, second American to orbit the Earth, US Navy aquanaut, and author of several nonfiction books. His Technothriller, The Steel Albatross (1991), features a very Near Future conflict Under the Sea between America and the Soviets (thus very near future indeed), involving Weapons capable of devastating the planet; the titular US super-stealth submarine plays a central role, and reappears in the follow-up adventure Deep Flight (1994). [JC/DRL]

Card Game

Term used to describe a form of Game played with physical cards, generally made from paper, cardboard or plastic, and marked with symbols that make them part of a set. Playing cards appear to have been invented in ancient China at some point between the ninth and thirteenth Centuries CE; some confusion arises from the fact that the earliest examples seem to have been "domino cards" marked with the possible results of throwing a pair of six-sided dice, rather than sets employed for actual Card ...


Videogame series (from 1989). Nintendo. Designed by Shigesato Itoi. / Mother is a series of Japanese Console Role Playing Games (see Computer Role Playing Games), beginning with the three-dimensional Isometric view Mother (1989 Nintendo, NES) designed by Shigesato Itoi. This game, released only in Japan, follows the adventures of a young boy who travels around the world finding friends with special talents, often Psi Powers, and collecting eight melodies with which to save humanity from ...


Animated film (2010). Paramount Pictures/PDI Dreamworks. Directed by Tom McGrath. Written by Alan J Schoolcraft and Brent Simons. Cast includes Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt. 95 minutes. Colour. / What would happen if the bad guy actually won? In a parody of the Superman origin story, two Alien babies are dispatched to Earth when their respective planets are destroyed. One baby lands in a mansion and grows up to become a typical Superhero, Metro Man (Pitt). The other ...

Kent, Melanie

(?   -    ) US author of an unremarkable Tie to the Television series Quantum Leap: Quantum Leap XV: Heat Wave (1997). [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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