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Starforce: Alpha Centauri

Board and counter Wargame (1974). Simulations Publications Inc (SPI). Designed by Redmond Simonsen. / Probably the first widely popular science fiction Wargame, Starforce is a game of non-lethal interstellar combat, played on a hexagonal grid map with cardboard counters. The game is set in a detailed Future History which features frequent conflicts between various human organizations and alien species, all of whom use a method of Faster Than Light travel which depends on rare psionically ...

Bowie, David

(1947-2016) UK musician and actor, latterly resident in the US. Born David Robert Jones, Bowie was one of the most successful and famous pop stars of the 1970s, known as much for his often sf-themed role-playing as for his talents as a singer-songwriter. After some early unmemorable releases Bowie broke through with the single "Space Oddity" (recorded quickly and released in July 1969 to cash in on the Moon landing); it reached #5 in the UK charts, and after a successful re-release in the US in ...

Welcome to Paradox

Canadian-American tv series (1998). Production companies included Chesler/Perlmutter Productions and River of Stone Productions, for The Sci-Fi Channel. Created by Lewis Chesler and Jeremy Lipp. Executive producers included Lewis Chesler, David Perlmutter and Mary Sparacio. Directors included John Greyson, Clark Johnson and Jorge Montesi. Writers included Lewis Chesler, Jeremy Lipp and Miguel Tejada-Flores. Actors included Mayim Bialik, Rachel Hayward, Suzy Joachim, Megan Leitch, Michael ...

Krasznahorkai, László

(1954-    ) Hungarian author whose first novel to come to international attention, Sátántangó ["Satan's Tango"] (1985; trans George Szirtes as Satantango 2012), is placed in an isolated, apocalyptically claustrophobic collective farm; the narrative, disjunctively evocative of the works of Franz Kafka, conveys a sense of profound cenotaphic abandonment: for the farm is one of the places of the world that time and history have vacated. Satantango is not a ...

Gipe, George

(1933-1986) US tv and film scriptwriter and author known within the sf field for several competent film Ties: Resurrection (1980), Gremlins (1984) (see Joe Dante), Explorers (1985) (see Explorers) and Back to the Future (1985) (see Back to the Future). [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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