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Attack Vector: Tactical

Cardboard models-based Wargame (2004). Ad Astra Games. Designed by Ken Burnside, Eric Finley, Tony Valle. / Attack Vector is a rare example of a game which, like Battlefleet Mars (1977) and Independence War: The Starship Simulator (1997), approaches space combat in a physically realistic way. Newtonian mechanics and accurate analyses of such details as heat loss from life support systems are used throughout. The only exceptions to the game's careful simulation of reality occur when ...

Something Else

UK Semiprozine, three issues (Spring 1980, Winter 1980, Spring 1984), A4 format, published and edited by Charles Partington from Manchester. Print run was between 1000 and 1500 copies. This was a short-lived but brave attempt by Partington, who had previously edited Alien Worlds, to continue the New Worlds tradition. Many of the stalwarts of New Worlds appeared, including Brian W Aldiss, Hilary Bailey, John Brunner, M John Harrison and Michael Moorcock. Like its more illustrious predecessor, ...

Dupree, Tom

(1949-2022) US fan (active in various APAs), journalist, reviewer, editor and author who was senior editor at Bantam Spectra from 1992 to 1997, acquiring both non-sf and sf titles, the latter including Star Wars franchise ties. With Jennifer Hershey and Janna Silverstein he edited Full Spectrum 5 (anth 1995) in the Full Spectrum sequence, which won a Locus Award for best Anthology. Later in his career he was an executive editor at HarperCollins US. / Dupree also published about a dozen ...

Herculoids, The

US animated tv series (1967; vt Zandor). Hanna-Barbera Productions for CBS-TV. Executive producers: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera. Created by Alex Toth. Directed by Hanna and Barbera. Writers included Joe Ruby, David Scott, Ken Spears, Toth. Cast includes Ted Cassidy, Ted Eccles, Virginia Gregg, Don Messick and Mike Road. 36 ten-minute episodes, two per programme. Colour. / The planet Amzot's rulers Zandor (Road) and Tara (Gregg), with their son Dorno (Eccles), defend this stone-age world ...

Cameron, Verney Lovett

(1844-1894) UK naval officer, explorer and author; after Henry Stanley had found David Livingstone in central Africa (and lost him), Cameron mounted a second expedition, which found the explorer's body. He was subsequently the first European to cross Africa east to west. In contemporary terms, his explorations were comparatively enlightened: he did not shoot animals, except for food; and he did not murder Africans. Most of his early work consists of nonfiction descriptions of his travels; after ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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