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Galactic Civilizations

Videogame (2003). Stardock. Designed by Bradley Wardell. Platforms: Win. / Galactic Civilizations is a descendant of Master of Orion (1993), a turn-based 4X Game played on a two-dimensional galactic map. Its design is based on that of an earlier and less well known version, Galactic Civilizations (1994 Stardock, OS2) designed by Bradley Wardell. As in Master of Orion, the player expands their civilization into a Space Opera galaxy, colonizing new planets, developing their scientific ...

Hayes, Frederick William

(1848-1918) UK architect, painter, playwright and author whose Utopia, The Great Revolution of 1905, or The Story of the Phalanx: With an Introductory Account of Civilisation in Great Britain at the Close of the Nineteenth Century (1893; vt State Industrialism: The Story of the Phalanx; With an Account of Civilization in Great Britain at the Close of the Nineteenth Century 1894), describes from a 1930s perspective the successful efforts of the socialist middle-class "Phalanx" to take over the ...

Long, Huey

(1893-1935) US politician – Governor of Louisiana (1928-1932) and US Senator (1932-1935) – whose radical proposals for wealth distribution and other measures may have caused his assassination (though his death may have in fact been caused by his guards as they responded to a perceived threat); certainly his Utopian political philosophy, and an emphasis on strong leaders that seemed particularly threatening in the 1930s, shapes his Near Future fictional manifesto/dream/fiction, My ...

Waldrop, Howard

(1946-    ) US author, an important member of the Texas-based school of sf writers, much of whose early work was set in the American South. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Lunchbox" for Analog in May 1972, reportedly John W Campbell Jr's last (and perhaps least typical) discovery before he died with the tale still in manuscript. His first novel, The Texas-Israeli War: 1999 (1974) with Jake Saunders, is set in a balkanized Post-Holocaust America after World ...

Dying Earth

A not uncommon category of sf story which has now developed its own melancholy mythology. Since the Sun is invariably moribund if not extinguished, this could also be called the dying-sun theme. Jack Vance gave this Far Future subgenre its name in The Dying Earth (coll of linked stories 1950). Important precursors are the section of H G Wells's The Time Machine (1895) set in the very distant future, and William Hope Hodgson's The Night Land (1912), in which the Sun has actually gone out and ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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