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Trigell, Jonathan

(1974-    ) UK author whose first novel, Boy A (2004), received considerable acclaim for its sympathetic approach to a child murderer attempting to reconstruct his life after release from prison, but hounded by the British popular press. Trigell's third novel, Genus (2011), is of sf interest for its depiction of a Near Future London hovering at the edge of genuine Dystopia, with the rich and the poor even more segregated than now, and where advances in Genetic Engineering ...

Genius Party

A two-volume Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) anthology series produced by Studio 4°C, who also created the Sweat Punch OVA anthology. The director/writer is shown in brackets after each segment title. / 1. Genius Party (2007). / Comprising seven short films, 102 minutes in total. Colour. / Genius Party (Atsuko Fukushima). In a strange desert a shaman in bird guise interacts with egg-shaped skulls. After some interesting psychedelic imagery a phoenix-like creature rises ...

Wilson, Hazel

(1898-1992) US librarian and author, almost always for younger readers. She is best known for the Herbert sequence about adventures of a young lad whose careless parents allow him to get into pickles, beginning with Herbert (1950). Of some sf interest is Herbert's Space Trip (1955), where Herbert saves an Alien planet from disaster with the help of his Uncle Horace, who is resourceful, like most uncles in twentieth-century children's books. [JC]


Videogame series (from 1988). Evryware. Designed by Dave Murry, Barry Murry, Dee Dee Murry. / The Manhunter games incorporate the reflex-based gameplay of two-dimensional action games into the puzzle narratives of graphical Adventures, an unusual (and ultimately unsuccessful) combination. There is typically little overlap between the group of Videogame-players who appreciate intense, fast-paced excitements and those who are intrigued by the more cerebral pleasures offered by intricate ...

Chen, Mike

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Here and Now and Then (2019), focuses on the emotional travails of a Time Police agent suffering from Amnesia who must decide between his job and his new family after he is reconnected to his mission from the future. A Beginning at the End (2020), set in a bleak Near Future balkanized America after a devastating Pandemic, follows a cohort of survivors in their attempts to begin to rebuild a sustainable community. In We ...

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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