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Sunless Sea

Videogame (2014). Failbetter Games. Designed by Alexis Kennedy. Platforms: PC. / Expanding the world first seen in Fallen London (2009), Sunless Sea takes the player away from the smoke of Fallen London in order to sail and explore the mysterious Unterzee that surrounds it. The game is considerably different from the original, changing the genre of the game and expanding the compact, narratively dense world created in Fallen London. / The sunless "Unterzee" of the game moves the player ...

Kipling, Arthur Wellesley

(1885-1947) US author of two Future-War novels. The New Dominion: A Tale of Tomorrow's War (1908), a Yellow Peril tale, pits the USA triumphantly against Japan and Germany, with the help of Great Britain; and The Shadow of Glory: Being a History of the Great War 1910-1911 (1910) unusually visualizes that the conflict so frequently predicted in Dreadful Warning tales of this period is in fact worldwide, and is therefore predictive of World War One. [JC]

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Serial Film (2008). Timescience Bloodclub/Mutant Enemy. Directed by Joss Whedon. Written (including songs) by Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, & Jed Whedon; lyrics by Joss Whedon, Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon; music by Joss Whedon and Jed Whedon. Cast includes Felicia Day, Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris and Simon Helberg. 3 episodes; 42 minutes total. Colour. / Written during the 2007-2008 Writer's Guild of America strike which delayed the starts of Dollhouse ...

Giambastiani, Kurt R A

(1958-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Supplanter" for Science Fiction Review in 1991, but who, after a few further stories, became best-known for his Fallen Cloud series of Alternate History Westerns set in the American West, and comprising The Year the Cloud Fell (2001), The Spirit of Thunder (2002), Shadow of the Storm (2003) and From the Heart of the Storm (2004). The sequence depicts a nineteenth-century America in which General Custer ...

de Rouen, Reed R

(1917-1986) US actor, television scriptwriter and author, of half Native American (Oneida) extraction. He appeared in minor roles in various television series, including a 1966 Doctor Who episode, "A Holiday for the Doctor"; he scripted a 1963 episode of the Avengers, "Six Hands Across a Table"; his sf novel Split Image (1955) mixes Space Opera and speculation on Politics and Religion in its story of a space flight culminating in a landing on a Parallel World: an exact duplicate of Earth, with ...

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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