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Survival Horror

Term used to describe a form of Videogame which, unusually amongst game forms, is defined by its tone and ambience rather than by its gameplay. As the name suggests, Survival Horror games are characterized by vulnerable protagonists attempting to escape from menacing and disturbing situations, almost always of a fantastic nature. The gameplay most often resembles that of an action Adventure, though in a Survival Horror game the player ...

Dank, Milton

(1920-2019) US historian, physicist and author, often on military matters, who collaborated with his daughter, Gloria Rand Dank, on the Galaxy Gang sequence for Young Adult readers. [JC]

Gárcia y Robertson, R

(1949-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Flying Mountain" in Amazing for May 1987; some of his short fiction is assembled as The Moon Maid and Other Fantastic Adventures (coll 1998). Much of his work, short and long, either involves Time Travel to various eras, or is set in them; his range of protagonists is, in ethnic terms, extremely wide, and his use of characters ...

Castletown, Lord

Title used for his fiction by UK author Bernard Edward Barnaby FitzPatrick (1848-1937); The Secret of the Lamas (1889), published anonymously, is an unremarkable Lost Race tale, set in a hidden City in Tibet whose savants are adepts at advanced Physics; the awkwardly couched tales in A Bundle of Lies (coll 1924) include a story about Atlantis ...

Ruddell, Gary

(1951-    ) American artist, sometimes credited in error as Garry Ruddell. As a high school student, the precocious Ruddell was already selling interior artwork to car magazines, but he formally launched his artistic career after earning a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1975. While also working for magazines like Rolling Stone and Playboy and other clients, Ruddell began painting sf book covers in 1981 with a ...

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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