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Freespace

Videogame series (from 1998). Volition. / Descent: Freespace – The Great War (1998 Volition, Win, 2001 Amiga, vt Conflict: Freespace – The Great War in Europe) is a combat-based Space Sim in which the player pilots a single-seat starfighter, a descendant of Star Wars: X-Wing (1993) and Wing Commander (1990). Conflict: Freespace was released almost twenty years after the first such game, Star Raiders (1979), and the gameplay is an extremely refined version of the essential mix of ...

May, Julian

(1931-2017) US editor and author, active in US Fandom in the 1940s and early 1950s; married to T E Dikty from 1953 to his death in 1991, founding with him Publication Associates in 1957 (see his entry for this and later enterprises); he also served as editor and agent for all her mature work. She began publishing sf with "Dune Roller" for Astounding in December 1951, a frequently anthologized story that was dramatized for the Television series Tales of Tomorrow (1951-1953) and filmed as The ...

Lichtman, Robert

(1942-2022) US fan editor and publisher, active in Fandom since the late 1950s; a contributor to various amateur press associations (see APA) including FAPA, OMPA and SAPS; married to Carol Carr from 2000 until her death in 2021. He published many Fanzines from 1959 [see Fancyclopedia 3 under links below], the best known being his eclectic Trap Door, whose 34 issues appeared from October 1983 to December 2018; this was twice a Hugo finalist as best fanzine and won six Fanzine Activity ...

Bergey, Earle K

(1901-1952) US illustrator, sometimes signing himself Earle Bergey, E K Bergey, or just Bergey, whose prodigious output for the Pulp magazines ranged across all genres, although it is for his sf work that he is best remembered today; towards the end of his life he began painting paperback covers as well, his most renowned being that for the 1948 Popular Library reprint of Anita Loos's (non-sf) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925). He received his formal art education, such as it was, at night ...

Fodor, Ronald V

(1944-    ) US author of a Near Future tale of averted Disaster, Impact! (1979) with G J Taylor, in which a meteor threatens Earth. [JC]

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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