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Rogue Galaxy

Videogame (2005). Level 5. Designed by Akihiro Hino, Koji Hori, Takeshi Akasaka. Platforms: PS2 (2005); rev vt Rogue Galaxy: Director's Cut PS2 (2007). / Rogue Galaxy is a Console Role Playing Game (see Computer Role Playing Games), much influenced by Star Wars, but with the tone of a Young Adult Anime. The game's somewhat Cliché-ridden plot features Aliens, Robots, and a Spaceship whose first mate is a talking cat, all within an essentially linear structure to which various optional ...

Calder, Richard

(1956-    ) UK author – in Thailand 1990-1996 and later in the Philippines until returning to London in the first years of this century – who began publishing sf with "Toxine" in Interzone: The 4th Anthology (anth 1989) edited by John Clute, Simon Ounsley and David Pringle; his early short fiction, almost always densely post-Cyberpunk in idiom and setting, was assembled as "The Allure" and published, translated by Hisashi Asakura, in Japanese (coll 1991). His ...

Jones, David

(1895-1974) UK painter and author whose written works, widely and properly characterized as High Modernist, are not describable as sf, nor as being Equipoisal in anything like a twenty-first century sense, but which have a central importance as examples of the epic grasp of the world demonstrated when the magic-literalism of Fantastika is wrought to its uttermost as Poetry. Jones's first work of significance, In Parenthesis: Seinnyessit e Gledyf ym Penn Mameu [subtitle translates as "His sword ...

Gorodischer, Angélica

(1928-2022) Argentinian author of nonfiction and fiction works in both the realist and the fantastic modes, who was nevertheless very much identified as a science fiction writer. Gorodischer was also closely associated with the city of Rosario, home of her well-known character Trafalgar Medrano, introduced in her novel Trafalgar (1979; trans Amalia Gladhart 2013); this is constructed as a Club Story sequence in which Medrano, a comical millionaire businessman, serves as both observer and social ...

Gemmell, David A

(1948-2006) UK journalist and editor, and then full-time author, primarily of Heroic Fantasy, most famous for his first (and long-lived) Fantasy series, the Drenai Saga, beginning with Legend (1984; vt Against the Horde 1988) and finishing with Hero in the Shadows (2000; vt Hero in the Shadows: Waylander the Slayer Stalks an Ancient Evil 2000), and built around the stress-darkened indomitable 60-year-old warrior Druss; for other series – including the Skilgannon the Damned books, which ...

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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