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Sins of a Solar Empire

Videogame (2008). Ironclad Games (IG). Platforms: Win. / Solar Empire is a simulation of space warfare which fuses the conventions of the Real Time Strategy form with those of 4X Games. While many of the design elements it shares with 4X Games were borrowed by the earliest examples of the RTS form (and have become characteristic of the school), the events of Solar Empire play out on a much wider stage than those of a typical RTS, one that incorporates multiple solar systems. The gameplay is ...

Greer, Andrew Sean

(1970-    ) US author whose early stories, assembled in How It Was for Me (coll 2000), veer toward the metaphorical in their attempts to create iconic tales of American life today, but whose novels more successfully allow their fantastic elements to illuminate the world. In The Path of Minor Planets (2001), the lives of two scientists who dispute discovery of a Comet periodically change in tune with the comet's reappearances, slyly linking Astronomy (rather than astrology) ...

Hoffman, Eva

(1945-    ) Polish academic and author, in Canada from the late 1950s, and latterly in the USA (she is a citizen of both countries, but also lives in London). Hoffman is best known as a memoirist and as a historian of Jewish life and death during World War Two, her nonfiction titles including Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language (1989), Exit Into History: A Journey Through the New Eastern Europe (1993), Stetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of ...

Marr, Andrew

(1959-    ) Scottish broadcaster, journalist, editor and author, active mostly in England, primarily with the BBC from 2000. His first novel, Head of State (2014), is a political thriller set in a modestly Near Future 2017, with Charles III on the throne, Hillary Clinton the President of the USA, and a charismatic prime minister about to win a referendum confirming UK's continuing membership in the European Union. The concealing of his sudden death six days before the vote ...

Sherman, Harold M

(1898-1987) US psychic researcher, journalist from about 1921, screenwriter, playwright and author whose first work of sf interest was The Land of Monsters (1931), an adventure featuring Dinosaurs as Monsters. In the Tahara sequence – Tahara, Boy King of the Desert (1933), Tahara Among African Tribes (1933), Tahara, Boy Mystic of India (1933) and Tahara in the Land of Yucatan (1933) – a young white boy parachutes into the Sahara and becomes king of the blue-eyed Stone Age ...

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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