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Wright, Alexis

(1950-    ) Australian author, a member of the indigenous Waanyi nation whose homeland stretches along the Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia; she has been associated for many years with various campaigns advocating the rights of Aboriginals. Her first two novels, Plains of Promise (1997) and Carpentaria (2006), both acutely but compassionately polemical, address her people and the life that has been imposed upon them. Though technically nonfantastic, this early work ...

Future Life

Letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on a mixture of newsprint and glossy paper. Published by Future Magazine Incorporated, a subsidiary of O'Quinn Studios. Editors included Bob Woods and Herman Zimmerman. 31 issues April 1978 to December 1981. Publication schedule was generally monthly with some gaps after #16. / An attempt to establish a more science-fact oriented companion to Starlog, this magazine was initially entitled Future but with the March 1979 issue became Future ...

Lafargue, Philip

Pseudonym of UK author and physician Joseph Henry Philpot (1850-1939), whose The Forsaken Way: A Romance (1900) depicts a devastated UK, at the close of the twentieth century, as a Decadent and therefore romantic ruin (see Ruins and Futurity). After falling in love, the protagonist leaves his monastery and starts a new life. [JC]

Adams, Robert

(1932-1990) US soldier and author best known for his Post-Holocaust Horseclans sequence of adventures set after 2500 CE in a series of states occupying what was once the USA and dominated from behind the scenes by a strain of immortal Mutants, while an unsavoury group of human scientists opposes them from a secret base. Occasionally the reader gains sight of repulsive sects who decayedly parody twentieth-century movements – Ecology, for instance – that were bêtes-noires of the ...

Independent Games

Independent Games can be defined as games owned by their creators, rather than by a large development or publishing company which exerts some degree of control over the design. Such games are often also published by the individuals who designed them. This definition is difficult to apply precisely; games may be developed and published independently and then rereleased by a major publisher, for example. In practice, however, the distinction between games which are developed independently and ...

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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