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Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising

Videogame (2001). Rage Software. Platforms: Win. / Scripted by Warren {Ellis}, Hostile Waters is notable for the quality of its dialogue and the skill with which the linear plot (see Interactive Narrative) is integrated with the gameplay. The game is set in the twenty-first century, after a global revolution against warmongering capitalists and politicians has established a liberal utopia based on ...

Saxon Mills, G H

(?   -?   ) UK journalist, advertising copywriter for Crawford's Advertising Agency (1920s-1940s) and author, in whose Near Future Scientific Romance, Interruption (1932), an idealist and Scientist conspire to hoax Britain into abandoning irreligion. The fiery cross they cause to manifest over Piccadilly Circus in London ...

Abramov, Aleksandr

(1900-1985) Russian author, screenwriter, theatre critic and journalist who began to publish work of genre interest with Gibel' Shakhmat ["The Death of Chess"] (1926 chap), featuring a Chess-playing Machine that defeats the finest human players. Several decades passed before he returned to sf, invariably in collaboration with his son Sergei Abramov (1944-    ), who is not always credited. The novel-length ...

Urban Legends

Modern oral folklore – also spread via newspapers, photocopier graffiti and, now predominantly, the Internet (see Creepypasta). An urban legend is typically a Tall Tale [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] with a frisson of deserved comeuppance or Horror, very often related as having actually happened to a "friend of a friend" – a ...

Teitler, Stuart

(1940-2012) US bibliographer and bookseller, a specialist in the Lost Race novel, many of whose discoveries, some (though not all) amply described and synopsized, provided the substance of many entries in this encyclopedia. Although Lost-Race Fiction (2001), a version of the Bibliography he had been working on for many years, appeared privately before his death, it was not until its full publication as ...

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 ...

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