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Space Patrol [game]

Role Playing Game (1977). Gamescience. Designed by Michael Scott Kurtick, Rockland Russo. / Similarly to such other early sf RPGs as Starfaring (1976) and Traveller (1977), Space Patrol concentrates on transposing the colourful adventures of traditional Space Opera to a new medium. Unlike those games, however, it does not have an optional setting of its own, instead dedicating itself wholly to enabling players to participate in stories derived from existing novels and TV shows, with an ...

Cox, Arthur Jean

(1929-2016) US fan and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Twilight Planet" (June 1951 F&SF) as Arthur J Cox; he also wrote as Ralph Carghill, Jean Cox, Gene Cross, William Dean and John Thames Rokesmith. His first novel was Nude in Orbit (1968) as by Gene Cross, a spicy "adult" murder mystery in which the titular naked woman is found floating in space (see Crime and Punishment). Selected stories and a second sf detective novel – set in the Asteroid belt and ...

Mixon, Laura J

(1957-    ) US author, married to Steven Gould, who began publishing sf with the first of the Omni Odysseys sequence for younger readers, Omni: Astropilots (1987; vt Astro Pilots 1987); other titles were from other hands. Her first adult novel, Glass Houses (December-mid-December 1991 Analog; 1992), is a Cyberpunk-influenced tale set in New York City, told in a style one might describe as East Coast noir. The female protagonist, grittily characterized, is tough, believable, ...

McCoy, Glen

(1954-    ) UK screenwriter and author of a Tie contributed to the Doctor Who universe, Doctor Who: Timelash (1985), which novelizes his Doctor Who Television script from the same year. [JC]

Marcus, Robert B

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

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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