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1. Fanzine. See Fantasy Review. / 2. Australian popular science magazine, in the style of Omni, which publishes one, sometimes two sf stories per issue. Founded by Wilson da Silva, who is the editor-in-chief, it is published by Luna Media, Chippendale, New South Wales; the fiction editor was Damien Broderick from the first issue to December 2010/January 2011, and thereafter Cat Sparks until the post of fiction editor was eliminated in a 2016 staff downsizing. Cosmos was published monthly ...

Metal Gear

Videogame (1987). Konami. Designed by Hideo Kojima. Platforms: MSX (1987); rev NES (1987); C64, DOS (1990); Phone (2004). / The original Metal Gear is notable largely for having popularized the idea of an action-based Videogame whose gameplay revolves around stealthy infiltration. (The World War Two action game Castle Wolfenstein [1981 Muse Software, AppleII; 1983 Atari8, C64; 1984 DOS] designed by Silas Warner – the inspiration for the much less stealthy and rather more violent First ...

Burdick, Eugene L

(1918-1965) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Log the Man Dead" in Argosy for May 1953, and who was the author of several extremely popular novels, both alone and in collaboration. Of his Near Future sf novels, the best-known remains Fail-Safe (13-27 October 1962 Saturday Evening Post; 1962) with Harvey Wheeler, which depicts a US attack in error on the USSR, and the horrifying tit-for-tat (the destruction of New York City) which the US President is forced to offer; ...

Kasack, Hermann

(1896-1966) German author of Der Stadt hinter dem Strom (1949; trans Peter De Mendelssohn as The City Beyond the River 1953), a tale whose setting – initially World War Two, and then a distant City where the protagonist is assigned the Kafka-esque task of serving as its official chronicler – seems Equipoisal with sf of the sort typical of "year zero" writing in Germany, but which eventually turns out to be a Posthumous Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In ...

Cárdenas, Juan

(1978-    ) Colombian translator, editor and author, active from around 2005; he is primarily of sf interest for his third novel, Ornamento (2015; trans Lizzie Davis as Ornamental 2020), which is built around what happens to four separate women subject to an experimental study using a highly addictive Drug that affects women only. The doctor responsible becomes deeply involved with one of the experimental studies, who herself channels visions of a desperate Dystopian future ...

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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