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Duncan, Dave

Working name of Scottish-born petroleum geologist and author David John Duncan (1933-2018), in Canada from 1955, a citizen from 1960; he also wrote as by Sarah B Franklin and Ken Hood. His earlier singleton novels inclined mostly to sf. The first, A Rose-Red City (1987), complicatedly puts its twentieth-century protagonist into a walled Utopia, where demons (and the Minotaur) oppose his attempts to extract Ariadne from the world. Shadow (1987) is a Science-Fantasy tale of dynasties in trouble ...

Mighty Joe Young

Film (1949; vt Mr Joseph Young of Africa). Argosy/RKO. Directed by Ernest B Schoedsack. Written by Ruth Rose, from a story by Merian C Cooper. Cast includes Robert Armstrong, Ben Johnson and Terry Moore. 94 minutes. Black and white, with some tinted sequences. / A virtual remake, though on a smaller scale, of King Kong (1933), by much the same team that produced that classic. The hero organizes a cowboy expedition to Africa to capture animals for his new night-club. Once there they ...

Online Worlds

Any game involving more than one person is played in a kind of Shared World, even if that world only exists until one of the participants has won. Such places gained a greater degree of permanence in Role Playing Games, where the Gamemaster might create an episodic campaign taking years to complete, and in the Play by Mail industry, in which the moderator maintains an independent record of the state of play for as long as the game goes on. The development of computer networks, however, made ...

World of Tomorrow

Animated short film (2015 US). Directed by Don Hertzfeldt. Screenplay by Don Hertzfeldt. Cast includes Julia Pott, Winona Mae. 17 minutes. Colour. / Emily (Pott), a third-generation Clone, establishes contact with the four-year-old original Emily Prime (Mae), briefly bringing her to her own era through Time Travel in order to retrieve a treasured Memory. In the process, she inadvertently offers a glimpse of the Far Future, and the life/lives awaiting her in a sinister Utopia. Amid ...

FTL: Faster Than Light

Videogame (2012). Subset Games. Platforms: Win, Mac, Lin, iOS. / FTL: Faster Than Light is a Roguelike videogame in which the player pilots a rebel spacecraft, The Kestrel, through a number of galaxies in order to deliver vital information to a Galactic Federation that lies eight sectors away. / The game is a top-down strategy and management resource game (in "top-down" games, the player looks directly down on the action of the game in cross-section). The player gradually accumulates ...

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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