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February 22, 1999
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri was created by 31-year-old designer Brian Reynolds and his colleagues at Firaxis Games in Hunt Valley. A rising star in the game industry, Reynolds is a self-taught programmer from Huntsville, Ala., who studied history and philosophy at the University of the South and started writing code at Microprose under legendary guru Sid Meier.Reynolds designed Microprose's Civilization II, the best-selling follow-up to Meier's landmark Civilization. Both titles sold more than a million copies - a rare accomplishment.
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By Gwinn Owens and Gwinn Owens,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 14, 1999
LOS ANGELES -- In the 21st century Earth people may send manned expeditions to Mars. After all, we made it to the moon in this century so, obviously, Mars is next. Then, after Mars is ours, we soar into distant space, cavorting among alien worlds like bold freebooters of old. Right?"Wrong," says Don Kephart. "We have been bedazzled by science fiction and Hollywood fantasy. A manned safari even to our nearest star is at least 1,000 times more complex and difficult than going to Mars, and even Mars is no pushover -- we will be lucky if we get there in the 21st century."
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By Gwinn Owens and Gwinn Owens,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 14, 1999
LOS ANGELES -- In the 21st century Earth people may send manned expeditions to Mars. After all, we made it to the moon in this century so, obviously, Mars is next. Then, after Mars is ours, we soar into distant space, cavorting among alien worlds like bold freebooters of old. Right?"Wrong," says Don Kephart. "We have been bedazzled by science fiction and Hollywood fantasy. A manned safari even to our nearest star is at least 1,000 times more complex and difficult than going to Mars, and even Mars is no pushover -- we will be lucky if we get there in the 21st century."
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By MICHAEL STROH and MICHAEL STROH,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1999
You're speeding toward the Alpha Centauri star system, part of a 22nd Century United Nations expedition to colonize another world and ensure the survival of humankind.Suddenly, a wayward meteor broadsides your ship, sending it spiraling to the surface of a nearby planet. As you and the other colonists emerge from the wreckage, you face the prospect of rebuilding human civilization on this strange and hostile new world.So begins Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (Win95/98; $49.95), an epic strategy game designed by Hunt Valley-based Firaxis Games.
NEWS
June 1, 1994
An article in last Thursday's Sun on discovery of a super-massive black hole in the galaxy M87 included an incorrect comparison. The speed measurements of gases in M87 were taken at a distance of 60 light years from the galaxy's center. That is equivalent to 15 times the distance from Earth to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri.The Sun regrets the error.
ENTERTAINMENT
By MICHAEL STROH and MICHAEL STROH,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1999
You're speeding toward the Alpha Centauri star system, part of a 22nd Century United Nations expedition to colonize another world and ensure the survival of humankind.Suddenly, a wayward meteor broadsides your ship, sending it spiraling to the surface of a nearby planet. As you and the other colonists emerge from the wreckage, you face the prospect of rebuilding human civilization on this strange and hostile new world.So begins Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (Win95/98; $49.95), an epic strategy game designed by Hunt Valley-based Firaxis Games.
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By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,Sun Staff | September 21, 1998
Some of this Christmas season's hottest computer games are being crafted right in your own back yard. Here are a few titles to look for in the coming months from local game makers (all are written for Windows 95/98):One of the most anticipated is Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri from Firaxis Games. Meier and collaborator Brian Reynolds, the duo responsible for best-selling historical strategy games such as Civilization II and Gettysburg, are quickly establishing themselves as the Lennon-McCartney of the strategy gaming world.
NEWS
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Sun Staff Writer | May 26, 1994
An article in last Thursday's Sun on discovery of a super-massive black hole in the galaxy M87 included an incorrect comparison. The speed measurements of gases in M87 were taken at a distance of 60 light years from the galaxy's center. That is equivalent to 15 times the distance from Earth to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri.The Sun regrets the error.WASHINGTON -- Astronomers peering through the Hubble Space Telescope at the core of a giant galaxy 50 million light years from Earth say they have found the first conclusive evidence of the existence of a super-massive "black hole" -- an object with gravity so powerful that it traps everything that comes near, even light.
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By MAUREEN RICE | May 11, 1993
I read constantly of the number of disposable diapers that Americans use each year. Apparently, if we cared to stack them up -- wearing gas masks, I presume -- they would reach to the moon.My children never wore disposable diapers, so I just don't have a real feeling for a huge stack of disposable diapers, clean or otherwise. I do have a feeling for some things, though, that there simply seem to be too many of in this world.Thistles, for example. I can, on any given day from April to December, yank out a pile that easily fills my wheelbarrow.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 1999
Hunt Valley game maker Sid Meier will be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, officials announced last week.Meier,45, is a legend in the computer game industry. In the early 1980s he pioneered flight simulations and strategy games at Microprose, which he co-founded in 1982 with "Wild Bill" Stealey. One of his best-known efforts, Civilization, was voted the best computer game of all time. His latest game, Alpha Centauri, is already being called a classic.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 1999
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri was created by 31-year-old designer Brian Reynolds and his colleagues at Firaxis Games in Hunt Valley. A rising star in the game industry, Reynolds is a self-taught programmer from Huntsville, Ala., who studied history and philosophy at the University of the South and started writing code at Microprose under legendary guru Sid Meier.Reynolds designed Microprose's Civilization II, the best-selling follow-up to Meier's landmark Civilization. Both titles sold more than a million copies - a rare accomplishment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,Sun Staff | September 21, 1998
Some of this Christmas season's hottest computer games are being crafted right in your own back yard. Here are a few titles to look for in the coming months from local game makers (all are written for Windows 95/98):One of the most anticipated is Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri from Firaxis Games. Meier and collaborator Brian Reynolds, the duo responsible for best-selling historical strategy games such as Civilization II and Gettysburg, are quickly establishing themselves as the Lennon-McCartney of the strategy gaming world.
NEWS
June 1, 1994
An article in last Thursday's Sun on discovery of a super-massive black hole in the galaxy M87 included an incorrect comparison. The speed measurements of gases in M87 were taken at a distance of 60 light years from the galaxy's center. That is equivalent to 15 times the distance from Earth to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri.The Sun regrets the error.
NEWS
By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Sun Staff Writer | May 26, 1994
An article in last Thursday's Sun on discovery of a super-massive black hole in the galaxy M87 included an incorrect comparison. The speed measurements of gases in M87 were taken at a distance of 60 light years from the galaxy's center. That is equivalent to 15 times the distance from Earth to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri.The Sun regrets the error.WASHINGTON -- Astronomers peering through the Hubble Space Telescope at the core of a giant galaxy 50 million light years from Earth say they have found the first conclusive evidence of the existence of a super-massive "black hole" -- an object with gravity so powerful that it traps everything that comes near, even light.
NEWS
By MAUREEN RICE | May 11, 1993
I read constantly of the number of disposable diapers that Americans use each year. Apparently, if we cared to stack them up -- wearing gas masks, I presume -- they would reach to the moon.My children never wore disposable diapers, so I just don't have a real feeling for a huge stack of disposable diapers, clean or otherwise. I do have a feeling for some things, though, that there simply seem to be too many of in this world.Thistles, for example. I can, on any given day from April to December, yank out a pile that easily fills my wheelbarrow.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1997
The future arrives today.The future as imagined by Irwin Allen, at least. For it was today, Oct. 16, 1997, that the spaceship Jupiter II blasted off, taking Prof. John Robinson and his family away from an overpopulated Earth to the friendly -- and roomier -- confines of Alpha Centauri.Unfortunately for them, stowaway Zachary Smith had other things in mind; his efforts at sabotage ended up throwing the Jupiter II hopelessly off course and dooming the Robinsons to be forever Lost In Space.Yep, one of TV's campiest classics set itself in a future that begins today.
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