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Daniel Defoe's The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719) provides the name and is the central model for the robinsonade, which may be defined as the romance of solitary survival in such inimical (though ultimately compliant) terrains as desert Islands (or planets), seen as a success-story. Earlier tales do exist (in The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction [1941], Philip Babcock Gove calls them "prerobinsonades"), but Defoe's novel clearly supplies much of the thematic ...

Revolution 60

Videogame (2014). Giant Spacekat. Designed by Brianna Wu. Platforms: iOS. / Revolution 60 is an independent ("indie") Adventure game for IoS platforms. It contains elements from several gaming genres; it utilizes the touch-screen capability of IoS platforms, employs turn-based combat, allows multiple-choice decision-making using a "dialogue wheel", and makes use of Quick Time events (see below). The game received praise for its ambition, both as an Independent Game and for its attempts to ...

Dath, Dietmar

(1970-    ) German editor and author, active from the mid-1990s (see Germany since 1990). Several of his earlier novels contain homages to sf, though sometimes remotely: Am Blinden Ufer ["On the Blind Side"] (2000) alludes within an apocalyptic frame to H P Lovecraft and Michael Moorcock; and Dirac (2006) is an historical/contemporary story attempt to recreate the life – but not quite the actual presence – of the physicist Paul Dirac (1902-1984). More directly ...

Breakwell, James

Pseudonym of unidentified US comedian, blogger and author (1987-    ), most of his work being nonfiction, including spoofish "guides" to living like Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (2017) [these titles not listed below]. He is of sf interest for The Chosen Twelve (2022), a Space Opera set mostly on a Starship whose human passengers, en route on a mission to inhabit a deadly planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds), are tested for ...

Salvador, Tomás

(1921-1984) Spanish author of both mainstream work and sf. He published five sf novels, three collections and sixteen short stories. Most of these books were published in hardcover and had frequent reprints, showing that he was a popular writer. / As a teenager Salvador experienced the Spanish Civil War on the Republican side in Madrid although at the age of 20 he enlisted as a volunteer in the Blue Division, fighting for Nazi Germany on the Russian front for two years, where he was ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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