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Grant, Matthew

(?    -    ) UK author whose only sf novel is the unremarkable Space Opera Hyper-Drive (1962). [DRL]


Board Game (2012). Guillotine Games. / Zombicide is a turn-based cooperative board game in which 1-6 players must survive a series of Zombie Disaster scenarios. Players take the role of an individual character with their own special powers and must survive a series of deadly turn-based attacks by zombies. The atmosphere of the game is intended to generate a B-movie ambience, with characters, game scenarios and zombies evoking traditional stereotypes (see Clichés) and tropes from the ...

SF Site

Web-based science fiction magazine launched by John O'Neill and Rodger Turner in June 1997, making it one of the oldest sf websites still operating regularly. O'Neill left to launch Black Gate, a site devoted primarily to fantasy and gaming (first issue, November 2000) but Turner continues as editor to this day, assisted by Wayne McLaurin and Neil Walsh. Originally published as a rolling series of updates to the home page, the Online Magazine eventually settled into a schedule of two issues per ...


Baseball is global in its impact and enjoys great popularity in countries as disparate as Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Japan; but the sport remains most deeply rooted in the United States, where it is still referred to commonly as the National Pastime (though, in fact, American football draws a much larger television audience). The sport has a rich history in American literature beginning in the late nineteenth century, from nonfiction game coverage by daily newspapers to Dime Novels by ...

Thorburn, S S

(1844-1924) Scottish commissioner in the Indian Civil Service and author whose sf novel, His Majesty's Greatest Subject (1897), begins with a Ruritanian premise – the protagonist supplants his twin brother as Viceroy of India – but soon shifts into a tale of the Near Future in which the usurper saves India from radicals of every stripe, and instrumental in turning back a Franco-Russian Invasion. The British Empire remains intact. [JC]

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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