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Superhero 2044

Role Playing Game (1977). Gamescience. Designed by Donald Saxman. / Superhero 2044 is the earliest example of a professionally produced Role Playing Game based on the mythology of the Superhero. (A first edition was self-published in 1977 as Superhero '44, inspired by an unreleased game created by John M Ford.) Its most remarkable feature is perhaps how little influence it had on later designs. By convention, Superhero stories take place in an alternate present. This game's setting, ...


US tv series (2002-2004). Platinum Studios/Jeremiah Productions, Inc/Lions Gate Television for Showtime Network. Created by J Michael Straczynski and Sam Egan. Produced by George Horie. Directors included Michael Vejar, Neill Fearnley, and Martin Wood. Writers included Egan, Sara Barnes and Grant Rosenberg. Cast includes Luke Perry, Peter Stebbings and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. 35 45-minute episodes. Colour. / It is 2021, fifteen years after a Pandemic has killed off almost all of humanity save ...

Newcomb, Cyrus F

(1831-1905) US author presumed to have written The Book of Algoonah: Being a Concise Account of the History of the Early People of the Continent of America, Known as Mound Builders (1884) anonymous, a Prehistoric SF tale in which America is colonized by Assyrians and other explorers from the Middle-East; their culture boasts some elements of advanced science and Technology, but is eventually submerged. There has been speculation that Algoonah was written by J M Hanks, but evidence is scanty. ...

Heming, Jack

(1899-1987) UK author of a Lost Race tale, The Lost World of the Colorado (1940), whose young protagonists discover, on a high plateau, Monsters who display a weird caprice of Evolution: each of them combining the features of two real species. [JC]

Scientific Thrillers

Australian publication which may be regarded either as a Chapbook series or a Magazine: Digest format, monthly November 1948 to May 1952, mostly undated, initially published by Associated General Publications, Sydney, company name changed to Transport Publications from #3 (January 1949). 43 issues in all; page count varied from 32pp to 52pp. The uncredited editors were Alister Innes and Donald H Beard. Most issues consisted of a single novella; six comprised two short stories; there was no ...

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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