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Grove, Peter J

(?   -    ) UK author of an unremarkable sf adventure for Robert Hale Limited, The Levellers (1981) [JC]

Massively Multiplayer Online Game

Term used to describe a type of Videogame in which large numbers of players interact with each other in a persistent Online World. Various forms exist, including Space Sims, exemplified by EVE Online (2003), and First Person Shooters, such as the science-fictional PlanetSide (2003 Verant Interactive, Win) designed by Terrence Yee, but the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game is by far the most common variant. The term appears to have been first used to promote Meridian 59 (1996 ...

Morrow, Lowell Howard

(1870-1951) US author whose career covered at least the first three decades of the twentieth century, probably beginning with the Near Future Atalantis: A Novel (1902), in which a permissive Utopia (and tax haven) has been constructed on an artificial Island in international waters, where private vices are supported. Unfortunately, a Yankee puritan in a state of virtue and sexual arousal (he loves a girl in residence) blows the island to smithereens in 1959. Morrow's best single story is ...

People, The

US made-for-tv film (1972). American Zoetrope Productions/Metromedia Producers Corporation for ABC-TV. Produced by Gerald I Isenberg. Directed by John Korda. Written by James M Miller based on selected stories from Pilgrimage: The Book of the People (fixup 1961) and The People: No Different Flesh (coll of linked stories 1966) by Zenna Henderson. Cast includes Kim Darby, Dan O'Herlihy (Sol Diemus), William Shatner, Diane Varsi and Laurie Walters (Karen Diemus). 74 minutes. Colour. / Young ...

Steffanson, Con

A House Name used by Avon Books for the initial four books of their sequence of Ties to the Flash Gordon franchise: Ron Goulart wrote the first three of these and Bruce Cassiday the fourth. Two further titles appeared as by Cassiday's own pseudonym Carson Bingham. [DRL]

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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