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Fading Suns

Role Playing Game (1996). Holistic Design (HD). Designed by Bill Bridges, Andrew Greenberg. / Fading Suns is set in a Gothic interstellar empire, morally and intellectually decadent, which has reverted to medieval habits of thought. For unknown reasons, the stars are slowly going out. The society depicted is feudal and strongly religious, consciously evocative of Dark Ages Europe (see Medieval Futurism); the overall effect is strongly reminiscent of the Warhammer 40,000 (1987) game ...

McCormack, Una

(1972-    ) UK author who wrote initially for the Star Trek universe, including her first story, "Face Value" (in Prophecy and Change, anth 2003, ed Marco Palmieri), and a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine tale, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Never-Ending Sacrifice (2005). More recently, she has contributed to the Doctor Who universe, beginning with The King's Dragon (2010), in the Doctor Who: New Series sequence. The Baba Yaga (2015) with Eric Brown (whom see) is the third novel ...

Future Boy Conan

Japanese animated tv series (1978; vt Conan, The Boy in Future). Original title Mirai Shōnen Konan. Based on the novel The Incredible Tide (1970) by Alexander Key. Nippon Animation. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Written by Satoshi Kurumi, Akira Nakano and Sōji Yoshikawa. Voice cast includes Iemasa Kayumi, Ichirô Nagai, Mieko Nobusawa, Noriko Ohara, Masato Yamanouchi and Rihoko Yoshida. 26 29-minute episodes. Colour. / In July 2008 the use of "supermagnetic" Weapons during a ...

Appleton, Victor

A House Name of the US Stratemeyer Syndicate, used mainly on the Don Sturdy series, and on the four Tom Swift series, which together constitute a central example of the importance and persistence of the Edisonade in US sf; for a detailed Tom Swift Checklist, see Tom Swift. Howard R Garis wrote the first 35 of the first series, which stopped at #38. The second series, which deals with Tom Swift, Jr, was initially the work of – or supervised by – Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, Edward ...

Cockburn, Terry

Working name of Terrence Cockburn (?   -    ), South African author currently resident in Botswana, in whose sf novel, The Altoran Creed (1980), a rather unattractively depicted female Utopia which dominates life in a new colony in space is undermined by the revolt of a man with Superpowers. [JC]

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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