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Videogame (1999). Relic Entertainment (RE). Platforms: Win. / Homeworld is a Real Time Strategy game, noted for its innovative use of three-dimensional space and its involving linear storyline (see Interactive Narrative). The setting is Space Opera; the Kushan race, evicted from their homeworld long ago after losing a war against the ...

Nuetzel, Charles

(1934-    ) US self-styled hack author, son of illustrator Albert Nuetzel (1901-1969), who began publishing work of genre interest with "A Very Cultured Taste" (1960 Jade Magazine); in various genres, under a variety of names, he wrote over seventy paperback novels. Lost City of the Damned (1961 as by Alec Rivere; exp vt Jungle Jungle 1969 as Nuetzel) was a routine though very late Lost Race tale. ...

Vortex Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine, two issues, May and October 1953, published by Specific Fiction Corp, New York; edited by Chester Whitehorn. Vortex was designed to showcase a large number of very short stories in each issue, achieving this goal in #2, but the idea did not prove popular. However, not all of the nine new writers who made their debut in the second issue were doomed to remain unknown: Marion Zimmer Bradley had ...

Simmons, Geoffrey

(1943-    ) US medical doctor and author whose first novel, The Z Papers (1976), is a Technothriller about an undiagnosable toxin; his first sf novel proper, The Adam Experiment (1978), set in a laboratory on an orbital Space Station, features an experiment in human procreation which runs up against the fact that Aliens have been monitoring ...

Roberts, Charles G D

(1860-1943) Canadian poet and author, important in Canada's literary history, prolific in several modes from 1880 to 1941, brother of Theodore Goodridge Roberts; the posthumous collapse of his reputation came about partly because of the unyielding conservatism of his poetry (now forgotten except for warhorses), but also because his racism about Native Canadians (and others) has worn poorly. Earth's Enigmas (coll ...

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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