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There is a long sf tradition, often tinged with Satire, of speculation about future advertising. Rudyard Kipling's With the Night Mail (November 1905 McClure's; rev 1909 chap) includes sedately conventional ads for Airships and their trappings, supposedly from a magazine of the story's year 2000. More often, the latest Technology is subverted for advertising purposes: electric light, for example, is used to project slogans on to the night sky in Villiers de L'Isle-Adam's "Celestial Publicity" ...

Gamma World

Role Playing Game (1978). Tactical Studies Rules (TSR). Designed by James Ward, Gary Jaquet. / The original edition of Gamma World is an atomic age fantasy set in the eponymous "third age" of the Earth, a Post-Holocaust world full of psychic Mutants, forgotten super-technologies and devastated Cities. The background is Science Fantasy rather than realistic science fiction, influenced by such novels as Andre Norton's Star Man's Son, 2250 A.D. (1952) and Sterling E Lanier's Hiero's Journey ...

Forever Magazine

US sf and fantasy monthly Online Magazine, published in Ebook form and edited by Neil Clarke as a companion to Clarkesworld. It began in February 2015 and usually features a novella each issue supported by two short stories and, for the first fifteen issues, by an interview with the author of the novella.. Stories are selected from a variety of print and online sources, usually from within the last few years and seldom older than twenty years. It provides readers with a useful background in ...

Wasei King Kong

["Japanese King Kong"] Film (1933 Japan). Shōchiku. Directed by Torajirō Saitō. Written by Akira Fushimi. Cast includes Hiroko Koizumi, Kotarō Sekiguchi, Nagamasa Yamada and Isamu Yamaguchi. Circa 35 minutes. Black and white. / Jobless ne'er-do-wells Kōichi (Yamada) and Santa (Yamaguchi) find a lucrative new side-show business, recreating the recent movie King Kong (1933) onstage with Santa in a gorilla costume, swatting at toy planes. However, when Santa sees his ...

Haldeman, Jack C, II

(1941-2002) US author who began publishing sf with "Garden of Eden" for Fantastic in December 1971. His fifty or so stories tend to avoid the more serious Space-Opera themes, sticking generally to Games-and-Sports tales about Robot football players, precognitive Stars, and the like. His first novel, Vector Analysis (short version May 1977 Analog; 1978), sets problems in a Space Station devoted to medical research, and sees them solved. His second, Perry's Planet (1980), is a Star Trek tie, and ...

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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