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Horn, Dara

(1977-    ) US journalist and author whose first several novels comprise a set of nonfantastic explorations of the nature of Jewish life in Europe and America over the past century and a half; the explicit seriousness of this project is leavened in the event through pleasurable narrative ingenuities, and thriller-like plots. The intersecting stories making up her fourth novel, A Guide for the Perplexed (2014), are variously linked to the mediaeval Jewish philosopher Moses ...

Booth, Pat

(1929-2018) New Zealand newspaper journalist (chiefly with The Auckland Star), local-area politician and author, one of whose sixteen books is sf: Long Night Among the Stars (1961) sensitively depicts the human interactions of the crew of a Spaceship in the Near Future. This author should not be confused with the female Pat Booth (1943-2009) who wrote All for Love (1993), a medical fantasy involving a "sexual" woman capable of performing miracles. [JC]

Heavy Gear

Role Playing Game (1994). Dream Pod 9 (DP9). Designed by Jean Carrières, Gene Marcil, Martin Quellette, Marc-Alexandre Vézina. / Heavy Gear is set in a sixty-ninth century much influenced by Battletech (1984). In the game's Future History, an economic collapse has caused the abandonment of Earth's interstellar colonies, including the world of Terra Nova. The setting's timeline begins after Terra Nova has emerged from a period of anarchy and become divided between two political ...

James, Dolan

(?   -    ) US author of a mildly pornographic sf novel, Space Swappers (1970; vt Solar System Swingers 1992 as by Dodie St James), in which two male "swingers", frustrated by exiguous Sex on Earth, go to Mars where green-skinned humanoid females are easy prey. No hard data has surfaced about the latter title. [JC]

Simonsen, Redmond

(1942-2005) US Game designer, inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in 1977. Simonsen was a graphic artist and Wargame enthusiast who cofounded Simulations Publications Inc (SPI) with James Dunnigan in 1969, creating the first significant competitor to the original developer of board and counter Wargames, Avalon Hill. While at SPI Simonsen concentrated on game presentation, making marked improvements to both the graphical design of SPI's games and the ...

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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