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Videogame (1990). Computer's Dream (CD). Designed by Hervé Lange, Olivier Cordoléani. Platforms: Amiga, AtariST, DOS (1990); Amstrad, C64 (1991). / B.A.T. is a Computer Role Playing Game with a strongly multilinear plot (see Interactive Narrative). The player adopts the role of an agent of the eponymous Bureau – a secret organization which enforces interstellar law by any means necessary – who has been ordered to prevent a terrorist atrocity on the colony world of ...


Science fiction in Bolivia is permeated with indigenous Myths of Origin (see Mythology) [see also The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and references to national culture. The Bolivian sf genre may be divided into two spheres, respectively relating to the Fantasy world and to sf as a genre that seeks to address both the mythical universe and indigenous heritage. / Bolivian writers (and also foreigners) are drawn to thinking upon the nature of their mythical roots and their origins ...

Lawson, Alfred William

(1869-1954) US baseball player (a pitcher very briefly in the National Baseball League in 1890), opponent of the Ku Klux Klan (he attempted to break the colour bar in professional baseball), aviator and businessman (founder of Lawson Aircraft Company in 1919), inventor (mainly of the Pseudoscience Lawsonomy, a unified field principle that explains physics in terms of "zig-zag and swirl" and other principles: "Suction is the female of movement and Pressure is the male of movement", for ...

By Dawn's Early Light

US made-for-tv film (1990). HBO Original Films. Directed by Jack Sholder. Written by Bruce Gilbert from the novel Trinity's Child (1983) by William Prochnau. Cast includes Powers Boothe, Rebecca De Mornay (as Rebecca DeMornay), James Earl Jones, Martin Landau, Darren McGavin and Rip Torn. 100 minutes. Colour. / This was one of the last nuclear-war films of the Cold War era, and deals with an unauthorized 1991 nuclear exchange between the United States and the USSR. This is instigated by ...

Moore-Bentley, Mary Anne

(1865-1953) Australian author, who may also have been known under what was presumably her married name, Mrs H H Ling; of sf interest is A Woman of Mars; Or, Australia's Enfranchised Woman (1901), which is set, perhaps rather obscurely, on Mars, where a Feminist Utopia flourishes. [JC] see also: Australia. /

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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