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Wilson, JJ Amaworo

(1969-    ) German-born Nigerian/UK playwright and author, most recently in USA, active since the early 1990s, his early plays and stories being nonfantastic; he has published his academic nonfiction as JJ Wilson. He is of sf interest for Damnificados (2016), set in a Near Future urban conglomeration resembling Caracas, Venezuela, where in real life a partially constructed skyscraper was taken over by squatters. The abandoned Keep in Damnificados is sufficiently complex and ...

Unknown Terror, The

Film (1957; vt Beyond Terror). Emirau Productions/Regal Films/20th Century Fox Film Corporation. Produced by Robert Stabler. Directed by Charles Marquis Warren. Written by Kenneth Higgins. Cast includes Charles Gray, John Howard, Sir Lancelot, Gerald Milton, Mala Powers, Paul Richards and May Wynn. 76 minutes. Black and white. / Explorer Jim Wheatley (Gray) disappeared six months before the film begins, while exploring a mysterious cave in southern Mexico. His sister Gina Matthews (Powers) ...

Simon, Francesca

(1955-    ) US-born author, in UK from early adulthood; she initially concentrated on books for younger children, like the Horrid Henry sequence beginning with Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine (2012), but is of more direct interest for the sharply Equipoisal Norse Gods sequence comprising Sleeping Army (2011) and The Lost Gods (2014), set in an Alternate World where the Norse Gods exist, and are considerably more hands-on than the Christian God of this world. The ...


Videogame (2005). Introversion Software (IS). Designed by Chris Delay. Platforms: Lin, Mac, Win (2005); rev vt Darwinia+ XB360 (2010). / As in Theodore Sturgeon's short story "Microcosmic God" (April 1941 Astounding), Darwinia's protagonist plays God to a world of rapidly evolving and surprisingly involving creatures (see Evolution). The player adopts the role of a present-day hacker who enters a mysterious sealed zone on the internet, the creation of a barely sane genius; the protagonist ...

Fahy, Christopher

(1937-    ) US author whose first works – like The Compost Heap (1970) – convey in mundane contexts a quiet enragedness that can seem scattershot. After his first story with genre content, "Carnival" for Gallery in August 1980 – assembled with much of his short fiction of fantastic interest in Matinee at the Flame (coll 2006) – most of his later work of interest is Horror, though The Lyssa Syndrome (1990) introduces a focusing sf element in its ...

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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