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80 Days

Videogame (2014). inkle. Designed by Meg Jayanth. Platforms: iOS. / 80 Days is a text-based videogame which rewrites Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days (1873; trans 1874) as a Steampunk Adventure. The player witnesses the events of the game through the perspective of the novel's original protagonists; Jean Passepartout, manservant to the dilettante and adventurer Phileas Fogg, who must navigate around the globe in less than eighty days in order to win the game (in both cases ...

Zumas, Leni

(1972-    ) US academic and author whose first book, Farewell Navigator: Stories (coll 2008), contains relatively few outright examples of Fantastika but (see Postmodernism and SF) often admixes an almost suburban mundanity with prescient flashes of the exorbitance of the world. Her first novel The Listeners (2012) slightly less successfully conflates elements of Horror in SF with the disintegrating psyche of a rock star in crisis, with the conventions of the latter mode ...

Jarvis, E K

Ziff-Davis House Name used 1942-1958 in Amazing, Fantastic Adventures and Fantastic for over 45 stories, primarily by Robert Moore Williams, who used the name as a personal pseudonym until the 1950s, when Robert Bloch, Paul W Fairman, Harlan Ellison, Robert Silverberg and Henry Slesar also wrote as Jarvis. Bloch was the most frequent identified user of the byline in the 1950s, with seven appearances; many more "Jarvis" stories remain unidentified. Biddy and the Silver Man (February 1957 ...

Biemiller, Carl L

(1912-1979) US businessman, journalist and author, of sf interest for his two series of novels for older children: the Jonny sequence comprising The Magic Ball from Mars (1953) and Starboy (1956); and, more interestingly, the Post-Holocaust Hydronauts sequence – The Hydronauts (1970), Follow the Whales: The Hydronauts Meet the Otter People (1973) and Escape from the Crater (1974) – focusing on the aquatic adventures of a group of trainees in the Ranger Service, which controls ...

Leicht, Stina

(1972-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Last Drink Bird Head" in Last Drink Bird Head: Flash Fiction for Charity (anth 2009) edited by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer. Most of her work has been fantasy, including two series, the Fey and the Fallen sequence beginning with Of Blood and Honey (2011), and the Malorum Gates sequence beginning with Cold Iron (2015) [neither series is listed below]. She is of sf interest for Persephone Station ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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