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Film (1984). Dino De Laurentiis/Universal. Directed by David Lynch. Written by Lynch, based on Dune (fixup 1965) by Frank Herbert. Cast includes Francesca Annis, Kyle MacLachlan, Kenneth McMillan, many others, Sting and Sean Young. 137 minutes. Colour. / Seldom has a big-budget genre film been so execrated by fans and film critics alike. Certainly its narrative is confused to the point of incoherence, showing signs of last-minute, lunatic cutting. Certainly the many-layered story of ...


Role Playing Game (1986). Steve Jackson Games (SJG). Designed by Steve Jackson. / Although it was preceded by such earlier attempts as Worlds of Wonder (1982 Chaosium) designed by Steve Henderson, Gordon Monson, Steve Perrin, Greg Stafford, Lynn Willis, GURPS (the Generic Universal Role Playing System) was the first widely popular attempt to produce a set of mechanics for RPGs that could be used in any type of setting. While a generic system cannot be tailored to reinforce the designers' ...

Bartlett, Frederick Orin

(1876-1945) US author of several adventure novels, whose The Web of the Golden Spider (1909) is a Lost Race tale set in the Andes, where treasure and its guardians are soon discovered. [JC]

Golding, Morton J

(1925-2015) US author who also wrote as by Stephanie Lloyd, Jay Martin and Patricia Morton; he is of sf interest for Night Mare (1970), whose scientist protagonist Michael Erasmus, deeply involved in his search for a unified field theory (see Physics), finds himself penetrating what may be an Equipoisal fantasy-inflected Parallel World, where he feels his Identity caving in to the erotic power of young woman who entraps him with Sex and marriage; he later creates a Death Ray by accident for an ...

Threlfall, T R

(1852-circa 1933) UK politician, trade unionist and author; elected president of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in 1885, serving in various positions over the next decade or so. He failed in more than one election campaign, the last as a Lib-Lab candidate for Kirkdale in 1892, and subsequently focused on writing. The Sword of Allah (1899), which features a Scottish soldier of fortune at Medina, prefigures his sf novel, The Great Magician (1901), in which a British soldier, converting to Islam ...

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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