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Dalcher, Christina

(?1968-    ) US theoretical linguist and author whose first novel Vox (2018) intensifies (if possible) the Dystopian nightmare of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (1985) through the depiction of a Near Future America where females are allowed to speak only 100 words a day; the penalties for disobedience are sadistic (see Crime and Punishment; Feminism; Women in SF). A certain allegorical thinness typical of Mainstream Writers of SF is both abandoned and affirmed in the ...

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game

Term used to describe a form of Massively Multiplayer Online Game with gameplay resembling that of a Computer Role Playing Game. Players create characters with abilities distinct from those of their makers, and use them to explore a shared fictional world and cooperate or compete with each other to fight the enemies they find there. MMORPGs differ from Computer Role Playing Games both by allowing many players to enter the same Online World and in their general absence of narrative structure; ...

Reed, Marguerite

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Bearing Witness", serialized in two parts in Strange Horizons for 14 and 21 November 2005. Her novel Archangel (2015), first in the intended series The Chronicles of Ubastis, centres on a human research colony (see Colonization of Other Worlds) of Scientists on the remote planet Ubastis, which because Earth is succumbing to Pollution is being assessed as a new home-world for humanity. ...

Star Wars: Galaxies

Videogame (2003). Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). Designed by Raph Koster (forename is a short form of Raphael, not Ralph mistyped). Platforms: Win. / While the milieu of Star Wars: Galaxies was licenced from the eponymous film series (specifically, it was set in a frozen historical moment between Star Wars (1977) [1977] and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back [1980]), when it was launched the game represented the cutting edge of Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing ...

Forbidden Lines

US Semiprozine published by Paul B Thompson, Chapel Hill, North Carolina and edited by Charles Overbeck supported by an editorial board consisting of a student-based writers' group at the University of North Carolina. It ran for 16 letter-size issues from October/November 1990 to Summer 1994, initially bimonthly but irregular after Fall 1992. The magazine began because the writers' group felt there were insufficient markets in the US for sf/fantasy and those few markets dictated the nature of ...

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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