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Role Playing Game (1990). Palladium Books (PB). Designed by Kevin Siembieda. / Rifts is less a game of Science and Sorcery than it is one of Superscience and Supersorcery. The game's milieu is derived from a somewhat unlikely Future History, which begins with the destruction of a twenty-first-century scientific utopia by a devastating nuclear war. The psychic shock caused by the resulting megadeaths rips open the eponymous tears in space-time, portals which lead to the past, the future, ...

Metamorphosis Alpha

Role Playing Game (1976). Tactical Studies Rules (TSR). Designed by James Ward. / Metamorphosis Alpha was the first science fiction RPG. It is set on a Generation Starship (the "Warden") which has suffered an unspecified disaster many years in the game's past, a concept inspired by Brian Aldiss's novel Non-Stop (1956 Science Fantasy #17; exp 1958; cut vt Starship 1959). The player characters (many of whom have mutated, and possess curious mental and physical powers) could be descendants of ...

Another World

Videogame (1991; vt Out of This World; vt Outer World). Delphine Software. Designed by Éric Chahi. Platforms: Amiga, AtariST (1991); AppleII, DOS, MegaDrive, SNES (1992); Mac (1993); 3DO, Win (1994); Phone (2005); rev Win (2006). / Another World is a platform game (see Videogames) set on an alien planet, much influenced by cinematic conventions and visual storytelling techniques. Its design echoes that of such predecessors as the martial arts game Karateka (1984 Brøderbund ...

Glanville, Ernest

(1856-1925) South African author much of whose tales of adventure are set in the veldt; The Inca's Treasure (1894.) is a Lost-Race tale, and Tyopa: A Bush Romance (1920) is an Apes as Human tale of moderate interest. [JC]

Defiance [game]

Videogame (2013). Trion Worlds. Platforms: PS3, Win, XB360. / The Television series Defiance (2013-current) is set on a near future Earth which has been transformed into an alien frontier. In the programme's backstory a civilization made up of diverse alien species arrives from another star, looking for a new home after the destruction of their own solar system. (The most prominent writer for the show, Rockne S O'Bannon, previously worked on Alien Nation [1988], a film with a somewhat ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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