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Board and counter Wargame (1973). Game Designers' Workshop (GDW). Designed by Marc Miller. / Triplanetary is an early space combat Wargame, noted for the elegance and simplicity of its design. Small numbers of spacecraft are represented by counters on a mapboard divided into hexagons, with a plastic overlay on which movement vectors can be drawn and erased. The system models Newtonian ...

Annandale, David

(1967-    ) Canadian author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Sick" in Aberrations #8 for 1993, one of his infrequent works not Tied to the Warhammer 40,000 Wargame, with whose Medieval Futurist exorbitances he seems comfortable. [JC]

Randall, John D

(1944-    ) US author of an extremely late Yellow Peril tale, The Tojo Virus (1991), in which a Japanese super-corporation plans to infect America's Computers with an incapacitating virus (see Paranoia). [JC]


["Ten Years"] Film (2018 Japan; vt Ten Years Japan in English signage). Freestone Productions, Asahi Shinbunsha, Ten Years Japan Production Committee. Directed by Akiyo Fujimura, Chie Hayakawa, Kei Ishikawa, Yūsuke Kinoshita and Ai Tsuno. Cast includes Chizuru Ikewaki, Satoru Kawaguchi, Jun Kunimura and Hana Sugisaki. Screenplay by the directors. 99 minutes. Colour. / An anthology piece of five Near-Future ...

Long, Meg

(?   -    ) US teacher, content designer and author whose first novel, the Young Adult Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves (2022), combines a Space Opera backstory, which describes how a desolate ice-planet had been mined to death by interstellar corporations, with an Planetary Romance storyline featuring a young protagonist impelled to make a ...

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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