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Britton, Lionel

(1887-1971) UK author, a conscientious objector during World War One who gained some prominence in the interwar period for Hunger and Love, Etc (1931), a speculative proletarian/modernist Dystopia, written before (and influential upon) but published after Brain: A Play of the Whole Earth (1930), a drama in which a giant Computer is set up in the Sahara to run human affairs according to ambiguously Utopian tenets. This it does until nearly the End of the World, when a wandering star collides ...

Scott, Hugh

(?   -    ) Scottish teacher, journalist and author most of whose work has been Fantasy and supernatural tales for the Young Adult market, beginning (after an untraced story which won the Women's Realm competition in 1982) with The Shaman's Stone (1988); tales for younger children are not listed below. Of sf interest is The Plant That Ate the World (1988), a Post-Holocaust tale set on an Island beset by a Monster, and Why Weeps the Brogan? (1989), also set ...

Kastel, Warren

Ziff-Davis House Name used on magazine stories by Chester S Geier and possibly others 1948-1950, and by Robert Silverberg in 1957. According to Geier, "Kastel" began as a pseudonym which he used for collaborations with his friend William L Hamling. [JC/MA] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Paranoia [game]

Role Playing Game (1984). West End Games (WEG). Designed by Greg Costikyan, Daniel Gelber, Ken Rolston, Eric Goldberg. / Playing Paranoia is an exercise in perversity and frustration, where the watchwords are "fear, ignorance and suspicion". The setting is a Post-Holocaust Underground City ruled by a Computer suffering from Paranoia and multiple personality disorder; it is characteristic that the Computer is obsessed with rooting out "mutant commies", but has itself created the ultimate in ...

Oblivion

American film (2013). Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Monolith Pictures. Directed by Joseph Kosinski. Written by Karl Gajdusek and Michel Arndt from an unpublished Graphic Novel by Kosinski. Cast includes Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo and Andrea Riseborough. 124 minutes. Colour. / In 2017, Earth at great cost beats off an Invasion from space by the Alien Scavengers/Scavs, a civilization hungry for natural resources. In the course of the War, Scavs destroy the ...

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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