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Android: Netrunner

Collectible Card Game (2012). Fantasy Flight Games. Designed by Richard Garfield, Lukas Litzsinger. / Android: Netrunner (more commonly known as Netrunner) is a Living Card Game (LCG) (see Collectible Card Game) for two players. It is based on Richard Garfield's previous game, Netrunner (1996). Netrunner is a successor to Magic: The Gathering (1993) (see Card Games), also by Richard Garfield, but it is a useful mark of how far card games of this nature have developed since then, as the two ...

Thirteenth Floor, The

Film (1999). Columbia Pictures presents a Centropolis Entertainment Production. Directed by Josef Rusnak. Written by Rusnak & Ravel Centeno-Rodriguez, based on Simulacron-3 (1964) by Daniel F Galouye. Cast includes Craig Bierko, Vincent d'Onofrio, Dennis Haysbert, Gretchen Mol and Armin Mueller-Stahl. 100 minutes. Colour. / The programmers of a Virtual Reality simulation of 1937 Los Angeles discover that their own world is itself a simulation, and that its makers have infiltrated their ...

Hekking, Avis

(1878-1945) US author – she may have been born while her parents were temporarily in Europe – resident in UK at some point, perhaps permanently; of her works, A King of Mars (1908) is of interest for its depiction of life on Mars, which is moderately advanced; Communications are soon established between Mars and Earth, via a small globe which contains messages variously conveyed. Hekking may have returned to America by 1915, though not perhaps for good, if her death in Hampshire ...

Coxwell, Henry

(1819-1900) UK balloonist, editor and author; working under the name Henry Wells he was founder and editor of The Balloonist; Or, Aerostatic Magazine in 1845, which lasted only until 1847. His interest in piloting Balloons extended, through at least one dangerous crash, until his retirement from flying in 1885. Of some sf interest is A Knight of the Air; Or, the Aereal Rivals (1895) in which flight is achieved, not through an advanced balloon, but in a heavier-than-air machine launched by a ...


Pseudonym of unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of A Journey to the Sun (1866 chap), featuring Space Flight to a molten metal shell around the sun, the Utopian society there being described in terms of Satire. [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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