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SLA Industries

Role Playing Game (1993). Nightfall Games. Designed by Dave Allsop. / SLA Industries is a game of satirical ultraviolence, set in a world-spanning City in an alternate Dimension (see Parallel Worlds). This universe is dominated by the eponymous corporation and its ruler, Mr Slayer. Its society is an exaggerated reflection of 1980s Anglo-Saxon capitalism, split between the wealthy Uptowns and the hopeless Downtowns, stalked by cannibals and rogue Cyborgs. The population is tranquillized by ...

Ho-Yen, Polly

(?   -    ) UK author whose early novels have been designed for Young Adult readers, beginning with Boy in the Tower (2014), which is mostly set in a high-rise in a desolate Near Future Dystopian London menaced by a Disaster of unknown origin: giant mobile plants that devour buildings. Where Monsters Lie (2016) replays some of the structure of its predecessor, but as fantasy; Fly Me Home (2017), again set in London, gifts its young protagonist with Magic ...


This useful item of sf Terminology was coined by James Blish in the stories later melded together as The Seedling Stars (fixup 1957). Blish's view was that in humanity's Colonization of Other Worlds (which see for further discussion), we must either change the planet to make it habitable (Terraforming) or change humanity itself to fit it for survival in an alien environment (pantropy). The Greek root of the word means "turning everything". Pantropy is usually undertaken by some form of ...

Mobile Police Patlabor

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1988-1989; vt Mobile Police Patlabor: The Early Days). Original title Kidō Keisatsu Patoreibā. Studio Deen. Created by Headgear. Directed by Mamoru Oshii. Written by Kazunori Ito. Voice cast includes Toshio Furukawa, You Inoue, Ryunosuke Ohbayashi and Mina Tominaga. Seven 29-minute episodes. Colour. / Patlabor is set in 1998, when, in the wake of societal upheavals caused by Climate Change, giant Mecha called Labors perform most of ...

Thiusen, Ismar

Pseudonym of Scottish-born academic and author John Mcnie (1836-1909), in USA from before 1884; his Utopia, The Diothas, or A Far Look Ahead (1883; vt A Far Look Ahead, or The Diothas 1890; vt Looking Forward, or The Diothas 1890), set several millennia hence (almost but not quite in the Far Future), is prolific with suggestions of progress. The narrative describes Television, Computers, sophisticated urban planning that has transformed the New York of the future into a vertical garden, a ...

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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