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Full Throttle

Videogame (1996). LucasArts. Designed by Tim Schafer. Platforms: DOS (1995); Mac (1996); Win (2002). / Full Throttle is a graphical Adventure game with a point and click interface, set in a dark future somewhat reminiscent of Car Wars (1982). The gameplay is a prototype of the approach used in later action Adventures such as Outcast (1999) and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (see The Longest Journey), alternating between sections based around puzzle solutions and action sequences. The player ...

Emshwiller, Peter R

(1959-    ) US actor, illustrator and author, son of Carol Emshwiller and Ed Emshwiller, who has also worked as Stoney Emshwiller; of sf interest is his Near Future series of noir tales – The Host (1991) and Short Blade (1992) – set in a New York directly extrapolated (seemingly) from the mean-streets City 1970s Manhattan threatened to become. The action is intense but the ambience now seems less than prescient. [JC]

Malzberg, Barry N

(1939-    ) US author. For about seven years he was extremely prolific in the sf field, very quickly producing some twenty sf novels and over 100 short stories, and much other work; his sf output slowed dramatically towards the end of the 1970s, when he became disenchanted with the genre for reasons explained in his collection of essays The Engines of the Night: Science Fiction in the Eighties (coll 1982; much exp vt Breakfast in the Ruins: Science Fiction in the Last ...

Mason, Anita

(1942-2020) UK author whose second novel, The Illusionist (1983), is a literary fantasy centred on the magician/magus Simon Magus. Her sf novel, The War against Chaos (1988), also intensely literary in demeanour (see Mainstream Writers of SF), posits a Near-Future City in an unnamed (but very UK-like) Dystopia dominated by Orwellian thought-control and savage divisions between precarious Haves and Goyaesque Have-Nots, who live in a surreal stygian blackness very much like Hell. The female ace ...

Mitchell, Edward Page

(1852-1927) US newspaperman and author, associated from 1875 until his death with the New York Sun, serving as editor-in-chief 1903-1920. Page's sf, which came from the first decade of his career and most of which first appeared in his own journal, was restricted to about thirty short stories beginning with "The Tachypomp" (January 1874 The Sun anon), which envisaged a means of attaining unlimited speed by running successive trains on top of one another (see Transportation). A kind of humanoid ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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