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Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?

Videogame (1985). Broderbund. Designed by Dane Bigham, Lauren Elliott, Gene Portwood and David Siefkin. Platforms: Amstrad, AppleII, C64, DOS, MasterSystem, TRS80, others. / Carmen Sandiego is the antagonist – later protagonist – of this long-running educational Videogame franchise initially inspired by the early Adventure game Colossal Cave and beginning with Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1985), produced by Broderbund until 1998 and then by The Learning Company. There ...

Marathon Trilogy

Videogame series (from 1994). Bungie Studios (BS). / The Marathon Trilogy is a series of First Person Shooters with a common player character, a twenty-eighth-century Cyborg security officer. The first game, Marathon (1994 BS, Mac; 2011 iOS) designed by Alex Seropian, Jason Jones, begins with an attack by the alien Pfhor on the Marathon, a gigantic interstellar colony ship, constructed from the Martian moon of Deimos. The player must attempt to defeat the Pfhor, alternately aided and ...

Mesnay, Henry

(?   -    ) French author of La Redoutable secret (1948; trans anon as The Formidable Secret 1952), a Lost World tale set in the mountains of Asia, where the manuscript of a survivor of the fall of Atlantis is discovered far Underground. [JC]

War of the Worlds

1. US CBS Radio play (1938). Part of the Mercury Theatre on the Air series of plays, the 30 October 1938 dramatization of H G Wells's War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's; 1898) was arguably the most famous broadcast ever made; an adaptation by Howard Koch of the novel, in which the original London and environs is replaced by exurban New York, it was produced by and starred Orson Welles, who gained immediate notoriety when a significant number of listeners came to believe that the ...

Ryan, G H

(?   -?   ) UK author of Fifteen Months in the Moon, Giving a Full Description of its Inhabitants: Their Appearance: Customs: Laws: Modes of Locomotion: Animals: Plants, etc (1880) whose narrator, who has gained the power of Telekinesis, travels to the Moon, where he finds an Alien civilization boasting advanced forms of Transportation and Communication; electricity is the universal Power Source. [JC]

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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