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Collectible Miniatures Game

Term used to describe a form of Wargame which uses miniatures collectible in the manner of a Collectible Card Game (see also Collectibles). Thus the figures are sold in packs, some of which contain rare items distributed at random; this practice encourages the purchase of multiple packs. Figures are sold fully assembled and painted, in contrast to traditional Wargame miniatures, which are generally customized by the players before use. The first Collectible Miniatures Game was Mage Knight (2000 ...

Roscoe, Theodore

(1906-1992) US biographer, naval historian and author whose I'll Grind Their Bones (1936) is a locked-room mystery set in a Near Future Europe about to go to war. Of fairly moderate genre interest are the Thibaut Corday stories, featuring the eponymous Pulp magazines hero in exotic adventures; they are assembled in The Wonderful Lips of Thibong Linh [and] The Bearded Slayer (coll circa 1939), Monkey See, Monkey Do [and] Terror Stalks the Mangroves (anth circa 1939), the second story being by ...

Gurdon, J E

(1898-1973) UK soldier – as a World War One flying ace he won a DFC – and author, publishing many stories in UK magazines, and two books of some sf interest: Feeding the Wind (1924), featuring a Mad Scientist who almost blows up the world; and a Lost World tale for Young Adult readers, The Secret of the South (1950), featuring a Hollow Earth reachable through the South Pole, where the young protagonists find a Lost World peopled by Polarians fighting for their lives against the ...

Russell, Don

(?   -    ) US author of an sf Sex novel, The Ultimate Lust (1970). [JC]

Sector General [series]

James White's long-running Series of Sector General stories, centred on the vast, multispecies Space Habitat whose full name is Sector Twelve General Hospital, are popular and likeable examples of Medicine-based sf. The sequence began with Hospital Station (stories November 1957-June 1960 New Worlds; coll of linked stories 1962) and continued until White's death in 1999 (see his entry for further discussion). Continuing themes are the hatefulness of War and the smoothing-over of First Contact ...

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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