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Star Fleet Battles

Board and counter Wargame (1979). Task Force Games (TFG). Designed by Stephen Cole. / Star Fleet Battles was first developed as a game of tactical combat between starships in the Star Trek universe. However, the limitations of the licence under which the game is produced, and the extent to which the various themes found in the original material were differently emphasized by the game developers and later television shows, led to the creation of a separate continuity (the Star Fleet ...

Booth, Pat

(1929-2018) New Zealand newspaper journalist (chiefly with The Auckland Star), local-area politician and author, one of whose sixteen books is sf: Long Night Among the Stars (1961) sensitively depicts the human interactions of the crew of a Spaceship in the Near Future. This author should not be confused with the female Pat Booth (1943-2009) who wrote All for Love (1993), a medical fantasy involving a "sexual" woman capable of performing miracles. [JC]

Droids

German 1970s electro-disco group. Their album Star Peace (1978) contains eight science-fictional songs that attempt, in unauthorized and unembarrassed fashion (most obviously in the opening track "Can You Feel the Force?"), to cash in on the success of Star Wars (1977), from whose popularization of the term Droid the band's name was derived. [AR]

Richmond, Leigh

(1911-1995) US author who began publishing with Prologue to an Analogue (June 1961 Analog; 2009 ebook). Her further stories and her several sf novels were mostly written and published in collaboration with her husband, Walt Richmond; three novels were revised by her after his death. Almost all their work together expressed a sense – one formally presented by the Centric Foundation which they founded and directed – that scientific breakthroughs could be made by young minds freed of ...

Nichol, C A Scrymsour

(1830-1916) UK author, mother-in-law of Ella Scrymsour; her sf novel, The Mystery of the North Pole (1908), is a Lost Race tale in which a Utopia founded by ancient Israelites is discovered in the Arctic. [JC]

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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