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Bioforge

Videogame (1995). Origin Systems. Designed by Ken Demarest, Jack Herman. Platforms: DOS. / Bioforge is a graphical Adventure game which prefigures later action Adventures; the gameplay depends on a combination of puzzles and combat sequences. The game begins with a non interactive Full Motion Video sequence showing the unconscious player character ...

Cooney, Michael

(1921-    ) Irish author of two Near Future novels, Doomsday England (1967) and Ten Days to Oblivion (1968), which predict the dire consequences of allowing any relaxation of vigilance against the foe, which is in this case Communism. [JC]

Spofford, Harriet Prescott

(1835-1921) US author, much of whose work was Fantasy or Supernatural Fiction [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], beginning with her first novel, Sir Rohan's Ghost: A Romance (1860) anonymous. Several tales of interest are assembled as "The Amber Beads" and Other Stories (coll 1989), its title story – "The Amber Beads" (January-February 1860 ...

North, Anna

(1983-    ) US journalist, editor and author whose Near Future Young Adult Dystopia, America Pacifica (2011), is set refreshingly in an identifiable venue, a seemingly manufactured Island a hundred or so miles off the coast of Ruined Earth California, where ...

Stockton, Frank R

(1834-1902) US editor and author, whose known pseudonyms for early work included Paul Fort and John Lewees. He worked on Scribner's Magazine before becoming assistant editor of St Nicholas Magazine 1873-1881, and began to publish stories for children with "The Slight Mistake" for the American Courier in 1855, though his first tale to gain much attention was "Ting-a-ling" (1867 Riverside Magazine for Young People); it was assembled, ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...



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