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Videogame series (from 2002). CyberConnect2 (CC2). Designed by Kazunori Ito, Kōichi Mashimo, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. / .hack is a transmedia franchise including Videogames, Anime, novels and Comics, all of which are perhaps best viewed as parts of a single work. Its story revolves around a fictional Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game called "The World", which bears a strong resemblance to the fantasy game EverQuest (1999 Verant Interactive, Win; 2003 Mac) designed by Brad ...

Janvier, Thomas A

(1849-1913) US journalist and author, whose Lost Worlds novel, The Aztec Treasure House: A Romance of Contemporaneous Antiquity (1890), didactically describes a surviving remnant of the Aztec empire. In The Women's Conquest of New York [for subtitle see Checklist] (dated 1953 but 1894 chap) as by A Member of the Committee of Safety of 1908, Tammany Hall misguidedly enfranchises females, who run amok in New York until physically restrained (the mayoress is in fact beaten) by their aroused ...

Whelan, Michael

(1950-    ) American artist. After obtaining a BA in art from San Jose State University in 1973, Whelan began attending the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles; however, after displaying his artwork at a few sf conventions, he received an offer from Donald A Wollheim to paint covers for DAW Books, inspiring him to leave school and move to New York to work as a professional artist. Some of his early covers clearly reflect the influence of Frank Frazetta, featuring ...

Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty

Videogame (1992; vt Dune II: Battle for Arrakis Europe). Westwood Studios (WS). Designed by Joseph Bostic, Aaron Powell. Platforms: DOS (1992); Amiga (1993); MegaDrive (1994). / While it was not the first Computer Wargame to run in real time, Dune II was the first Real Time Strategy game as the form is understood today. Although the game was licenced from Frank Herbert's novel Dune (fixup 1965), it has little in common with its original, and less with the Adventure game Dune (1992 Cryo ...

Alter, Robert Edmond

(1925-1965) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Coup de Grace" for Bizarre! Mystery Magazine in October 1965, and who wrote some stories as by Robert Retla; his only sf novel, the posthumous Path to Savagery (1969), depicts a devastating Future War on American territory. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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