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von Trojan, Kurt

(1937-2006) Austrian-born journalist and author, in Australia from the 1940s. His first novel, The Transing Syndrome (1985), uses "transing" (Matter Transmission) to move the plot along in an Alternate-World Dystopia; the protagonist worries that his Identity may be fading with each transmission, like increasingly obscure photocopies of a photocopy. Bedmates (1987) is Satire set in a future Australia dominated by AIDS and sexual fear (see Sex): "bedmates" are mindless artefacts always ready for ...

Man from Beyond, The

US silent film (1922). Houdini Picture Corporation. Directed by Burton L. King. Written by Harry Houdini and Coolidge Streeter. Cast includes Erwin Connelly, Jane Connelly, Harry Houdini, Arthur Maude, Frank Montgomery and Albert Tavernier. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Francois Duval (Montgomery), "half-breed soldier of fortune" and Dr Gregory Sinclair (E Connelly), possessing the "fanatical zeal of the true Scientist", are the sole survivors of an ill-fated Arctic expedition who discover ...

Southern, Terry

(1924-1995) US journalist, screenwriter and author, of greatest sf interest for his brief but seminal involvement (16 November-28 December 1962) in the transformation of Peter George's original novel, Two Hours to Doom (1958) as by Peter Bryant, into the black Satire Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) directed (and in part written) by Stanley Kubrick. He was also involved in scripting Barbarella (1968) directed by Roger Vadim. None of his fiction is sf, ...

Geigley, Vance A

(1907-1996) US author and businessman involved in mining, building and real estate investment, whose solitary sf novel is Will It End This Way? (1968). [JC/DRL]

King of Tokyo

Board Game (2011). Iello. Designed by Richard Garfield. / King of Tokyo is in many ways the absolute opposite of his prior invention, the Collectible Card Game Magic The Gathering. King of Tokyo is a board game that is quick and easy to play, and does not require any form of collecting or accruing new pieces, cards or upgrades. It is a good Gateway Game, a game deliberately designed to be easy to learn and play by those new to board-gaming and its conceits. The game has won several awards, ...

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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