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Bock, Dennis

(1964-    ) Canadian teacher and author, active from the late 1990s, most of whose work has been nonfantastic. His first novel, Going Home Again (2013), is an analysis of the consequences of World War Two through the interwoven stories of its three afflicted protagonists. He is of specific sf interest for The Good German (2020), an Alternate History tale whose Jonbar Point is the successful assassination of Hitler in 1939; it is not technically a Hitler Wins story, but ...

Skaftun, Emily C

(?   -    ) US editor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "My Only Sunshine" in Flub: A Webzine of Astonishing Tales for Fall-Winter 2009, assembled with a wide range of work as Living Forever & Other Terrible Ideas (coll 2020). As Tim Powers suggests in his introduction to the book, her very wide-ranging tales, many of them sf as Equipoised with fantasy and horror, can be seen as exercises in the absurd (see Absurdist SF), ...


1. Fear! US Digest-size magazine. Publisher: Great American Publications, Incorporated. Editor: Joseph L Marx. Two bimonthly issues, May and July 1960. / This short-lived attempt to revive the Weird Tales style of magazine was competent enough, but launched at a poor time for US fiction magazines in general, when readership across the board was evaporating. Some notable authors appeared, including John Jakes, David Mason, Arthur Porges and Bryce Walton; there were also some quality reprints ...

System Shock

Videogame (1994). Looking Glass Studios (LG). Designed by Doug Church. Platforms: DOS (1994); Mac (1995). / System Shock is an early First Person Shooter much influenced by Computer Role Playing Games. It is set in a Cyberpunk world, with gameplay which combines puzzle solution, exploration and combat. Interestingly, the difficulty of the puzzles and the amount of combat can be set before starting the game, allowing players to choose the mix of action and Adventure they prefer. The game ...

Transformers – The Movie, The

Film (1986). Sunbow/Marvel. Directed by Nelson Shin. Voices by Orson Welles, Eric Idle et al. Written by Ron Friedman. Animation by Toei Animation. 86 minutes. Colour. / This US-produced, Japanese-animated film is a spin-off from the comic-book and television series of the same name, and all are part of a gigantic marketing operation to sell the Transformers Toys: model Robots (invented 1984) which, when twisted around a bit, change their shape from vaguely humanoid to (usually) cars or ...

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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