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Davis, Margaret

(1951-    ) US author of the Mind sequence of Space Operas comprising Mind Light (1993) and Minds Apart (1994), in which a family of interstellar traders interacts with governments, other traders and Aliens. [JC]

Malone, Walter

(1866-1915) US lawyer, poet and author The Coming of the King (coll 1897), which contains varied material, including "The Last Days of the Moon" in which the Moon's inhabitants prepare for their home's loss of atmosphere, and escape to Earth. [JC]

Underground [Game]

Role Playing Game (1993). Mayfair Games (MG). Designed by Ray Winninger. / Underground is a game in which all the worst fears of US Democrats in the 1990s are brought to life. In this vision of the early twenty-first century, weaponized superhumans turned petty criminals terrorize the cities of a corrupted America. The world is locked in a second Cold War, a hostile stand off between the North American, European and Asian trade blocs. Military actions are confined to proxy wars fought by ...

John, Owen

(1918-1995) UK author, mostly of spy thrillers, whose Computer Takes All (1967) as by John Bourne visualizes a Dystopian outcome to the rise of the Computer; and whose Haggai Godin sequence sometimes comes close to sf, especially The Shadow in the Sea (1972), which ventures into Near Future territory in its description of a mysterious Russian submarine off the British coast. [JC]

Renegade Legion

Cardboard models based Wargame series (from 1987). FASA. Designed by Sam Lewis, Jordan Weisman. / Renegade Legion is set in the sixty-ninth century, when the Terran Overlord Government (TOG), a human Galactic Empire deliberately modelled on Imperial Rome, oppresses the galaxy. Its only significant opponents are the egalitarian Commonwealth and its allies, the eponymous Legions, who have defected from the TOG. The milieu is perhaps best summarized as a conflict between an idealized British ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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