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Boffard, Rob

(1984-    ) South African author also resident in London and Vancouver, who has also published sf as by Jackson Ford (see below). His Near Future Outer Earth sequence, beginning with Tracer (2015), is set partly on Earth and partly on an enormous Space Station in near-Earth orbit. Containing the remnants of Homo sapiens after the desecration and depopulation of Earth, this Space Habitat serves as a Keep to preserve the species, though the protagonists of the final volume of ...

Asteroids [game]

Videogame (1979). Atari. Designed by Lyle Rains, Ed Logg. Platforms: Arcade, Others. / Asteroids is a two-dimensional arcade game (see Videogames) in which the player must shoot and ultimately demolish pieces of space debris before their Spaceship is destroyed by a collision with the increasingly many fragments – the smaller, the more rapidly moving. The design was derived from a Spacewar (1962) variant by increasing the number of independent "natural" objects and removing the second ...

Space Stations

Stories of space stations or artificial satellites appear early in sf, the first example being Edward Everett Hale's extraordinary "The Brick Moon" (October-December 1869 Atlantic Monthly) and its sequel "Life in the Brick Moon" (February 1870 Atlantic), in which the satellite of the title consists of many brick spheres connected by brick arches, and is launched, with people on board, by gigantic flywheels. Kurd Laßwitz's Auf Zwei Planeten (1897; cut trans as Two Planets 1971) has Martian ...

Remember Me

Videogame (2013). DONTNOD Entertainment. Designed by Jean-Maxime Moris. Platforms: PS3, Win, XB360. / Remember Me is an action Adventure, scripted by Stéphane Beauverger and set in a near future "Neo-Paris" where the technological manipulation of human memories is commonplace (see Memory Edit). As in many earlier works dealing with the same theme, the ability to remove painful memories and transfer more desirable recollections to others is here presented as an unmitigated curse. The ...

Manster, The

American-Japanese film (1959). Lopert Pictures/Shaw-Breakston Enterprises/United Artists of Japan. Directed by George P Breakston and Kenneth G Crane. Written by George P Breakston, based on a story by William J Sheldon. Cast includes Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton, Jerry Ito, Tetsu Nakamura, Norman Van Hawley and Terri Zimmern. 72 minutes. Black and white. / Larry Stanford (Dyneley), an American journalist temporarily working in Japan, interviews a Japanese Scientist, Robert Suzuki (Nakamura), ...

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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