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Marcus, Robert B

(1947-    ) US author of Shadow on the Stars (1977), an unremarkable Space Opera. [JC]

Anarchy Online

Videogame (2001). Funcom. Designed by Gaute Godager, Ragnar Tørnquist. Platforms: Win. / Anarchy Online is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game which could be characterized as a form of shared Planetary Romance. It is set on the far future world of Rubi-Ka, where the morally suspect hypercorporation Omni-Tek is mining notum, a substance vital to the production of Nanotechnological devices. Players can choose to align themselves with Omni-Tek or the rebellious local Clans, ...

Groc, Léon

(1882-1956) French author of many sf novels, of which only one, L'autobus évanoui (1914; trans Lawrence Shackelford Morris as The Bus That Vanished 1928), has been translated into English; it is a mystery novel involving an energy Ray which causes the eponymous vanishment. [JC]

Forbidden Desert

Board Game (2013). Gamewright. Designed by Matt Leacock. / Forbidden Desert is a tile-based game for 2-5 players taking the roles of Steampunk adventurers whose Airship has crash-landed in an inhospitable desert. Pieces of the ship have been scattered to the winds and buried under the sand. Players must work together to recover the various parts of their ship, rebuild it, and make their way to a safe take-off point. At the same time they must avoid dying of thirst or allowing the entire map ...

Reeve, Laura E

(?   -    ) US author of the Major Ariane Kedros sequence of Military SF novels beginning with Peacekeeper: A Major Ariane Kedros Novel (2008), in which the protagonist, no longer on active duty, contracts with Aliens as a mercenary to undertake various dangerous feats; to do so, she submits to their implanting Weaponry and other functionalities into her body, so that she becomes a Cyborg. As the series progresses, the plot begins to thicken around the ...

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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