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Parker, Richard

(1914-1990) UK author for children began publishing with the Escape from the Zoo sequence comprising Escape from the Zoo (1945 chap) (see Zoo), A Camel from the Desert (1947), in which territory the escaped animals find safety, and The Penguin Goes Home (1951), which carries the action further south. Of direct sf interest are The Hendon Fungus (1967), about fungal specimens from abroad proliferating in England, feeding on calcium, and thus crumbling buildings of stone, concrete, etc; The Old ...

Matrix Reloaded, The

Film (2003). Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment presents a Silver Pictures production. Andy (now Lilly) Wachowski and Larry (now Lana) Wachowski. Cast includes Laurence Fishburne, Gloria Foster, Carrie-Anne Moss, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett Smith and Hugo Weaving. 133 minutes. Colour. / As the machines burrow towards the human underground city of Zion, Neo and his associates re-enter the Matrix to find that a resurgent and now autonomous ...

Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

Japanese animated tv series (1982-1983). Original title Chōjikū Yōsai Makurosu. Studio Nue, Tatsunoko Production. Directed by Noboru Ishiguro. Written by Ken'ichi Matsuzaki. Voice cast includes Mika Doi, Michio Hazama, Arihiro Hase and Mari Iijima. 36 25-minute episodes. Colour. / In 1999 a deserted space battleship (see Starship) crashes into the Earth, proof both of intelligent Alien life and a War in space. A united Earth government is formed and ten years later the ...

Barr, James

(1862-1923) Canadian-born author, in the UK from 1883, of much short fiction of sf interest, in particular "The Last Englishman" (July 1906 Monthly Story Blue Book Magazine), a Yellow Peril tale in which a worldwide Chinese hegemony proves hollow, and "The World of the Vanishing Point" (March 1922 Strand), a striking adventure in a microscopic world of Monsters (see Great and Small). Also of note was a series for The Red Magazine during 1911 which looked into possible events of the Near Future, ...

Asteroids [game]

Videogame (1979). Atari. Designed by Lyle Rains, Ed Logg. Platforms: Arcade, Others. / Asteroids is a two-dimensional arcade game (see Videogames) in which the player must shoot and ultimately demolish pieces of space debris before their Spaceship is destroyed by a collision with the increasingly many fragments – the smaller, the more rapidly moving. The design was derived from a Spacewar (1962) variant by increasing the number of independent "natural" objects and removing the second ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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