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Board and counter Wargame (1976). Flying Buffalo. Designed by Rick Loomis. / Starweb is a Play by Mail (and, more recently, Play by Email) strategy game which, like Stellar Conquest (1974), includes many of the features later seen in 4X Games. Every player begins the game as absolute ruler of a species which has just discovered a gateway to the eponymous web, a Hyperspace network created by a vanished Forerunner race which links the player's solar system to the rest of the galaxy. The game ...

Hawkins, Jane E

(1951-2022) US mathematician, engineer and computer programmer, long active in Fandom, where she worked on many Conventions including the 1989 Worldcon. Her one sf novel is Quantum Gate (1996), whose titular device provides the Ecologically devastated Earth of 2057 with access to a Parallel World rich in mineral resources, in particular iridium oxide. UN soldiers whose ostensible mission is to defend the mining operation against indigenous, hostile Alien "Bugs" are faced with numerous ...


US Small Press magazine that paid a sufficiently high wordage rate to be classified as professional, though it did not have a wide circulation. It was published by Edgewood Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, edited by Steve Pasechnick and saw only three undated issues, published in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Published in review-size format, 88 pages, and comparatively expensive at $7, beautifully designed by Bryan Cholfin but with no internal illustrations, it had all the appearance of an elitist ...

Man's Best Friend

Film (1993). New Line Cinema/Roven-Cavello Entertainment. Written and directed by John Lafia. Cast includes John Cassini, Robert Costanzo, Lance Henriksen, Fredric Lehne and Ally Sheedy. 87 minutes. Colour. / Routine sf/horror movie, with moments of black humour: Dr Jarret (Henriksen) has been performing animal experiments at the EMAX research lab, and has created a super killer guard dog through DNA splicing, some of the imported genes coming from other species (see Genetic Engineering). ...

Field, Marlo

(?   -?   ) US author of whom nothing is known beyond his (her?) Hollow Earth tale, Astro Bubbles (1928), based on Cyrus Reed Teed's hypothesis that we live within a hollow cylinder, rather as though we inhabited a Generation Starship or World Ship. Field's world is, in fact, far more complex than that, though his/her compulsive didacticism (Evolution is pooh-poohed at great length) muffles out any peripheral interest as a Lost World tale. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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