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Captain Blood

Videogame (1988; vt The Ark of Captain Blood in continental Europe). ERE Informatique. Designed by Philippe Ulrich, Didier Bouchon. Platforms: Amiga, Amstrad, AtariST, C64, DOS (1988); AppleII, Mac, Spectrum (1989). / The protagonist of Captain Blood is Bob Morlok, a computer game designer who somehow injects himself into the fictional universe of the game he is working on, apparently by virtue of his sheer creativity. There he merges with his alter ego within the game, the eponymous ...

Flynn, Katie M

(?   -    ) US editor and author, active from around 2005, who is of sf interest for her first novel, The Companions (2020), set in a moderately distant Near Future California some time after a devastating plague Pandemic has savagely reduced the population of the state, a Disaster severe enough to warrant a permanent quarantine. In this world a high-tech medical corporation has evolved a Technology which exploits Uploads of the consciousness of the dead or ...


We perceive three spatial dimensions, but theoretical Mathematics is easily capable of dealing with many more. Conventional graphical analysis frequently represents Time as a dimension, encouraging consideration of it as the "fourth dimension". The possible existence of Parallel Worlds displaced from ours along a fourth spatial dimension (in the same way that a series of two-dimensional universes might lie next to one another like the pages of a book) is a popular hypothesis in sf, and such ...

Wright, J C

(1874-1939) US author, most of his work focused on Native American civilizations, several of his titles, like The Crooked Tree: Indian Legends and a Short History of the Little Traverse Bay Region (coll 1917) containing his versions of traditional material. He is of some sf interest for The Great Myth (1922), a Lost Race tale about the Mound People, which treats his central concerns. This author, who was sometimes known as John C Wright, should not be confused with John C Wright. [JC]

Hopkins, Alice K

(1839-?   ) US author whose two novels of interest veer dangerously close to occultism, though each features a Lost Race. They are A Daughter of the Druids (1892) as by A K H and Mona the Druidess; Or, the Astral Science of Old Britain (1904); in each case the lost race boasts a woman of power. [JC]

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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