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Horizon Zero Dawn

Videogame (2017). Guerrilla Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment. Directed by Mathijs de Jonge. Written by John Gonzalez and Men McCaw, additional writing by Meg Jayanth, Ben Schroder, Anne Toole, Dee Warrick. Cast includes Ashly Burch, JB Blanc, John Hopkins, Crispin Freeman, Lance Reddick, Nicolette McKenzie and Josh Keaton. Playstation 4 and PC. / In a Post-Holocaust world where the memory of present-day humanity has been reduced to legend, autonomous predatory Machines that mimic ...

LaHaye, Tim

(1926-2016) US evangelical minister, "prophecy scholar" and author with Jerry B Jenkins of the thirteen-book Left Behind sequence which depicts the Holocaust that ravages the world in terms of fundamentalist beliefs in the Rapture which precedes/accompanies the Second Coming of Christ. The series is not normally (or properly) read as sf, as the Godgame implications of the story arc take it far beyond what one might call Equipoisal fair play; but its depiction of various forms of destruction and ...

Fantastic Monsters of the Films

Cinema magazine, small Bedsheet-size, issued by Black Shield Productions. Seven issues from 1962 to 1963, on a bimonthly roughly schedule. Publishers were sf fan Bob Burns and film special effects artist Paul Blaisdell. Edited by Ron Haydock. Considerable material was contributed by author Jim Harmon. The magazine was a high-quality attempt to produce a more-mature publication than offerings then generally available; the photographic covers of #2-#6 showed various creatures created by Blaisdell ...

Bredenberg, Jeff

(1953-2010) US author known in the sf field primarily for his Dream Compass sequence of Post-Holocaust novels, comprising The Dream Compass (1991) and The Dream Vessel (1992). Though the venue is not innovatory – in a continent named Merqua [ie America], a geriatric "Monitor" attempts to stifle the young, who wish to be permitted to read again; and a rebel band escapes to a more enlightened Island culture, from which new worlds of hope may lie in the offing – Bredenberg conveys his ...

Spinrad, Norman

(1940-    ) US author, born in New York – where he set some impressive fiction – but resident in France for many years; married to N Lee Wood (1990-2005). He began publishing sf with "The Last of the Romany" for Analog in 1963, assembled with other early work as The Last Hurrah of the Golden Horde (coll 1970), the title story being among the most successful of the attempts made by various authors to write a Shared World tale using the characters and universe of ...

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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