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Battlecruiser 3000 AD

Videogame (1996). 3000AD. Designed by Derek Smart. Platforms: DOS, Win. / The Battlecruiser franchise is famous both for the length of time it has spent in development and for the combative personality of its designer. The first version, Battlecruiser 3000 AD, was intended to be a universal Space Sim using three-dimensional graphics, in which players could roam through a simulated galaxy without restrictions. It was released after seven years of work to exceptionally poor reviews; the game ...

Space Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine, eight issues May 1952 to September 1953, published by Space Publications; edited by Lester del Rey. Space was the senior companion to Science Fiction Adventures, Rocket Stories and Fantasy Fiction. The most prolific contributor was del Rey himself, sometimes as Erik Van Lhin or Philip St John. Notable stories included T L Sherred's "Cue For Quiet" (May-July 1953) and Philip K Dick's "Second Variety" (May 1953) and "The Variable Man" (September 1953). Space also saw the ...

Tillyard, Aelfrida

(1883-1959) UK religious thinker, medium, activist and author who began publishing as early as 1905, but who first gained attention for editing Cambridge Poets 1910-1913: An Anthology (anth 1913); she published mostly under her own name, though some work was released as by Mrs Constantine Graham. She is now probably best remembered for her two 1930s Scientific Romances (others, written in the 1950s, remain unpublished). Set after a series of Holocausts, Concrete: A Story of Two Hundred Years ...

Economics

The word "economics" derives from a Greek word signifying the art of household management. Its modern usage has been extended by analogy to pertain to the management of the industry and finances of nations. Medieval economic "theory" was dominated by ethical considerations, and evaluative judgments still remain entangled with the science; economics thus has the capacity to arouse powerful passions in spite of its frequent designation as "the dismal science". This is very evident in fiction ...

Hawksley, Humphrey

(1964-    ) UK journalist and author, very well known for his work as a foreign correspondent in the Far East; his novels constantly press into sf readings after the pattern of most Technothrillers set in the very Near Future, though it is certainly the case that tales like his first, Dragonstrike: The Millennium War (1997) with Simon Holberton, and his fourth, Dragonfire (2000), unmistakably deal in more than a teasing fashion with the lead-up to and waging of versions of ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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