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Mind Forever Voyaging, A

Videogame (1985). Infocom. Designed by Steve Meretzky. Platforms: AppleII, AtariST, C128, DOS, Mac (1985); Amiga (1986). / The release of A Mind Forever Voyaging represented an attempt by Infocom to produce a game that would be less of a text-based Adventure and more of a work of Interactive Fiction. The choice of title – a quotation from William Wordsworth's autobiographical poem The Prelude (1850) – reflects this goal. In context, the phrase refers to a statue of Isaac Newton, ...

Galbraith, John Kenneth

(1908-2006) Canadian-born US economist, famous and prolific, perhaps best known for The Affluent Society (1958), though the reasons for his renown are multifarious. Of sf interest is The McLandress Dimension (coll 1963; rev 1968 as by John Kenneth Galbraith) as by Mark Epernay, a series of mock-essays explaining advances in psychometry – the quantitative measurement of human actions and motives – accomplished by Herchel McLandress; B F Skinner, then in his heyday, may be a target of ...

Merrill, James

(1926-1995) US author and poet whose two novels are nonfantastic, as is most of his poetry, which is of the highest calibre, and justifies his ranking as one of the most important American poets of his century. He is of indirect but significant sf interest, and may be deemed a central figure of twentieth-century Fantastika, for The Changing Light at Sandover (omni 1982) [see checklist for details of component parts], a sustained 17,000 line verse narrative describing several years of occult ...

Naked Jungle, The

Film (1953). Paramount. Directed by Byron Haskin. Produced by George Pal. Written by Philip Yordan and Franz Bachelin, based on the story "Leiningen Versus the Ants" (1937 as "Leiningens Kampf mit den Ameisen"; trans December 1938 Esquire) by Carl Stephenson. Cast includes William Conrad, Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker. 95 minutes. Colour. / This film is not strictly sf, though it does follow the basic Monster-Movie formula and is made by the team – George Pal and Byron Haskin ...

Thiessen, J Grant

(1947-    ) Canadian book dealer and bibliographer, editor of The Science-Fiction Collector, whose individual issues he later assembled as The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 1 (anth 1980), containing issues 1-6, The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 2 (anth 1981), containing issues 7-10 and The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 3 (anth 1981), containing issues 11-14. The three volumes have proved a valuable resource for sf Bibliography ever since. Using his bookshop, ...

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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