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Computer Wargame

Term used by this encyclopedia to describe a form of Videogame descended (sometimes quite remotely) from the Wargame. The subject of the Computer Wargame is War, but (unlike First Person Shooters) success does not depend on reaction speed and manual dexterity. Instead, the gameplay is focused on intellectual contests of strategy and tactics; real time variants typically have less sophisticated rules than turn-based ones, but require the player to perform many complex tasks simultaneously. ...

Unusual Stories

US Digest-size magazine. Three issues March 1934 to Winter 1935, published by Fantasy Publishers, Everett, Pennsylvania; edited by William L Crawford. An advance issue of this Semiprozine (see also Small Presses) was published (and mailed) in two parts in 1934, and could be considered as #1, even though the 1935 issues are referred to as #1 (May/June 1935) and #2 (Winter 1935). The final issue ambitiously started a serial, "A Diamond Asteroid" by Lowell Howard Morrow, the outcome of which no ...

Red Faction

Videogame (2001). Volition. Platforms: Mac, PS2, Win (2001); Phone (2003). / Red Faction is a First Person Shooter, set on Mars and often suggestive of the less sophisticated scenes in Total Recall (1990). Its linear story follows the adventures of an oppressed miner (the player character) who becomes involved in a rebellion against the company which runs twenty-first century Mars (see Interactive Narrative). The gameplay is competently constructed if somewhat routine, with a design that is ...

Lach-Szyrma, W S

(1841-1915) UK Anglican clergyman and author, son of the Polish philosopher and soldier Krystyn Lach Szyrma (1790-1866), who had come to the UK in 1832; Lach-Szyrma (he hyphenated his surname) began writing his series of interplanetary fictions (see Planetary Romance), featuring the travels around the solar system of the winged Venusian Aleriel, in untraced magazine pieces published around 1865; in more clearly fictional form, this material was incorporated into A Voice from Another World (1874 ...

Singularity

A singularity in Mathematics is a point where a graphed equation veers off towards infinity and ceases to give physically useful or meaningful results: hence the singularity point predicted at the heart of a Black Hole by theoretical models which assume the total mass must be compressed by Gravity into an infinitesimal volume whose gravitational attraction at close range approaches infinity. The Singularity, or technological Singularity, is a hypothetical point in time at which human Technology ...

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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