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Board Game (1994). Wizards of the Coast (WotC). Designed by Richard Garfield. / RoboRally is a light hearted game of Robot carnage, reminiscent of the UK television series Robot Wars (1997-2003) or the US BattleBots (2000-2002). The players are bored supercomputers who decide to relieve their ennui by staging a race around a series of checkpoints with their Robot workers, inhabitants of an exceptionally hazardous "widget factory" full of bottomless pits, unpredictable conveyor belts, flame ...

Weaver, Wertie Clarice

(?   -?   ) US teacher and author, a founder of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 1913, who used her experience as an African American to focus the intensity of her Utopia, The Valley of the Poor (1945), in which racial prejudice (see Race in SF) has been cured medically. [JC]

Bishop, David

(1966-    ) New Zealand-born editor and author now resident in the UK; before 2000 he edited at least two UK Comics: Judge Dredd Megazine and 2000 AD. He has since written Ties for Judge Dredd, Doctor Who and Nikolai Dante [see Checklist below] and scripted adventure storylines for The Phantom. As a comics editor, he was generally admired. He has also written several audio books, which are not listed here. [JC]

Stone, George

(?   -    ) US author whose Near Future sf novel Blizzard (1977; vt Freeze 1979) in which an American admiral, by activating sea-bottom nuclear reactors, creates a circular blizzard system that eventually covers most of America. The ultimate consequence is Climate Change leading to a new Ice Age. [JC]

Parrish, Robin

(1975-    ) US journalist and author on Christian themes, whose Dominion sequence, comprising Relentless (2006), Fearless (2007) and Merciless (2008), is set in a Post-Holocaust America riven by world-threatening conflict between Good and Evil, the sources of this conflict being ancient, the outcome Eschatological. Offworld (2009) begins with astronauts who find, on returning from their successful mission to Mars, that Earth is deserted; Nightmare (2010) is a ghost story, ...

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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