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Toy Game

Term used by this encyclopedia to describe a form of Videogame in which, unlike most Games, the player is given no explicit goals to achieve. Such games are typically simulations of a complex technological or sociological system which can be experimented with in the manner of a Toy; the US designer Will Wright has described his own contributions to the form as "software toys". The ...

Overgard, William

(1926-1990) US Comics artist, screenwriter and author, active in the first capacity from around 1950; his screenplays include scripts for The Last Dinosaur (1977) and The Bermuda Depths (1978). As an author he is of sf interest for The Divide (1980), an Alternate History tale whose double ...

Appel, Allen

(1945-    ) US photographer and author whose Alex Balfour Time-Travel sequence – Time after Time (1985), Twice Upon a Time (1988), Till the End of Time (1990) and In Time of War (2003) – hovers, as do so many tales of this sort, between sf and fantasy. The protagonist's visits (first to the Russian Revolution; then to the time of Mark ...

Lasser, David

(1902-1996) US editor and author who worked in various capacities for a number of Hugo Gernsback journals, most prominently as Managing Editor of Air Wonder Stories in 1930, of Amazing Detective Tales in 1930 (see Scientific Detective Monthly), of Wonder Stories Quarterly between 1930 and 1933, and of ...

Garson, Clee

A House Name used on the Ziff-Davis magazines, initially by David Wright O'Brien in 1942-1944, and revived by Paul W Fairman (for at least one story, "Nine Worlds West", Fantastic Adventures April 1951). The last of thirteen Garson stories, "Scavengers in Space" (October 1955 Fantastic), ...

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 ...



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