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I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

Videogame (1995). The Dreamers' Guild. Designed by Harlan Ellison, David Mullich, David Sears. Platforms: DOS. / I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream is a graphical Adventure based on Harlan Ellison's Hugo award-winning short story of the same name. The game, scripted and codesigned by Ellison, expands considerably on its original while altering many of the details. The central question of the Adventure is why the insane supercomputer AM would pick the game's five protagonists in particular ...

Fagan, Oisin

(?1991-    ) Irish author whose first book, The Hierophants (2016 chap), a self-reflexive fable conspicuously evocative of the work of Flann O'Brien. His first full-length title, Hostages (coll of linked stories 2016), exuberantly mixes Irish Mythology, spoofed Myth of Origin tropes [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], Dystopia, and (again spoofed) Young Adult settings – in this case a semi-rural secondary (or high) school in the village of Moynalvey ...

Franklin, Edgar

Working name used for his publications by US author Edgar Franklin Stearns (1879-1958), son of Frank Albert Stearns, who wrote as Fred Thorpe; his Mr Hawkins' Humorous Adventures (coll of linked stories 1904), all reprinted from The Argosy, features the eponymous inventor/Scientist comically failing to make a series of devices, such as the pumpless pump, work properly – a tall-tale comic convention found very frequently in late nineteenth-century American magazine fiction; the series ...

Montag, Kassandra

(?   -    ) US poet and author whose first novel, the moderately distant Near Future After the Flood (2019), focuses on the quest of a mother for her long-abducted daughter Rowena. In a world of catastrophic Climate Change, with America transformed by vastly rising seas into an extended Archipelago, with former mountains now serving as Islands, she has made her living at sea, and suspects that Rowena may be in Greenland. The tale turns on the threat that any ...

Science Fiction Classics Annual

US Digest-size magazine. One issue, dated 1970, published by Ultimate Publishing Co; assembled by Sol Cohen. All stories were reprinted from the 1930s Amazing Stories and had been items originally selected by Sam Moskowitz for his "Classic reprint" feature in Amazing Stories; his introductions remained. [FHP/MA] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

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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