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Wakeman, Rick

(1949-    ) UK musician. A classically trained pianist of remarkable technical facility, Wakeman played electronic keyboards in Yes, as well as latterly making a career for himself as a television personality. The relationship with the other members of Yes has proved on-off, his meat-eating, blokeish, Conservative personality jarring with the hippy transcendental vegetarianism of the other members; as a result he has alternated periods as a member of the group with periods ...

Night of the Comet

Film (1984). Atlantic 9000/Film Development Fund. Directed by Thom Eberhardt. Written by Eberhardt. Cast includes Robert Beltran, Kelli Maroney, Catherine Mary Stewart and Mary Woronov. 100 minutes cut to 95 minutes for UK release. Colour. / This likeable exploitation movie, witty throughout, opens with the light or the Rays from a Comet – an idea perhaps stolen from John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids (6 January-3 February 1951 Collier's Weekly; as "Revolt of the Triffids"; 1951; ...

Interactive Narrative

The outcome of any given game is inherently uncertain, since it must be possible to win or lose (or, in the case of Toy Games, to play at will). Yet stories, as normally understood, should have a beginning, a middle and an end, and only one of each. Games which include stories – referred to in this encyclopedia as Interactive Narratives – have thus proved difficult to design. There has also been considerable debate as to whether it is desirable, or even possible, that games have ...

Drake, David A

(1945-    ) US lawyer and author who served in the US Army in Vietnam 1969-1971 and then as the Assistant Town Attorney in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1972-1980, becoming a full-time writer in 1981, although his first story, the H P Lovecraft pastiche "Denkirch", had appeared much earlier, in Travellers by Night (anth 1967) edited by August W Derleth. The wide success of his various Military SF novels and series and Shared-World enterprises has clearly had a simplifying ...

Voermans, Paul

(1960-    ) Australian author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Broken Butterfly" in The View from the Edge: A Workshop of Science Fiction Stories (anth 1977) edited by George Turner. His first novel, And Disregards the Rest (1992), mixes sf and Magic Realism into a somewhat spatchcocked tale of Near-Future Australia, mixing together a metaphysical discourse about the consequences of a performance of William Shakespeare's The Tempest (performed circa ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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