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Dragt, Tonke

Working name of Dutch East Indies-born illustrator and author Antonia Johanna Dragt (1930-    ), in The Netherlands after 1945; most of her work, much of it sf or fantasy, is designed for Young Adult readers, including her best known work, the Dragonaut series including De brief voor de koning ["The Letter for the King"] (1962) and Geheimen van het Wilde Woud ["Secrets of the Wild Wood"] (1965), a fantasy with a notable focus on issues of duty and honour. De torens van ...

Abbott, Charles

(1858-1926) Australian medical doctor and author, in US from before the end of the century though he returned home; his Prehistoric SF novel, set in early America, was The Cliff Dweller's Daughter; Or, How He Loved Her, an Indian Romance of Prehistoric Times (1899). [JC] see also: Forgotten Futures. /

Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game

Board Game (2014). Plaid Hat Games. Designed by Isaac Vega and Jon Gilmour. / Dead of Winter is a deceit/cooperation game for 2-5 players that takes place after a Zombie apocalypse. Players must survive each playable scenario in the game by collecting various items, succeeding at challenges and dealing with crises as they arise. Whilst the game is superficially cooperative, players also pursue their own agendas within each game, which may be contrary to the central aims. The game takes ...

Forgotten Futures

Role Playing Game (1993). Designed by Marcus Rowland. / Forgotten Futures is a game of possible pasts and discarded futures. It consists of a core set of rules and a number of "collections", each of which defines a storyworld or subgenre based on published works of Scientific Romance or contemporary fantasy. A typical collection contains reproductions of out of copyright fiction and illustrations, sample scenarios and a sourcebook on its subject; many of them recast nineteenth-century ...

MacLeod, Ken

(1954-    ) Scottish author who began publishing work of genre interest with The Star Fraction (1995). This was the first novel in the four-volume Fall Revolution sequence, which also included The Stone Canal (1996), The Cassini Division (1998), and The Sky Road (1999). Together, these books comprise one of the fullest and most thoughtful stagings of political (see Politics) debates in sf. Although MacLeod is avowedly socialist, he is also visibly sympathetic to other points ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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