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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Videogame (2010). Ninja Theory (NT). Designed by Tameem Antoniades. Platforms: PS3, XB360. / Enslaved is an action Adventure set in a lush, verdant Post-Holocaust America, where most of mankind has been wiped out in a devastating war and the few surviving humans are hunted by killer Robots, still fulfilling their ancient objectives. The gameplay combines ...

Calvert, Robert

(1945-1988) South African-born poet and musician who moved to London in the 1960s and became friendly with Michael Moorcock, amongst others. He fronted Hawkwind during their most spacy 1970s period, but also released material under his own name, although his solo album Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters (1974) is not sf (it is a concept-album that retells the story of the development of Lockheed's F-104 ...

Davidson, Lionel

(1922-2009) UK author who began to publish short fiction – none of it apparently fantastic – in the 1930s, and who was best known for his intermittent but highly successful thrillers, beginning with The Night of Wenceslas (1960). In his second novel, The Rose of Tibet (1962), a young man traces his half-brother into a Lost World in the heart of 1950 Tibet, just as China prepares to invade; it is a tale full of the same ...

Pelot, Mayi

(1947-2016) Basque author, the first and perhaps the most prominent sf author to write in Basque. Biharko oroitzapenak (coll of linked stories 1985; trans Arrete Hidalgo as Memories of Tomorrow 2022) and Teleamarauna ["Television"] (1987) are set in various epochs of a shared Future History whose first significant moment – a nuclear disaster that came close to crippling Basque Country in 1992, some time before ...

Rankin-Gee, Rosa

(1986-    ) UK editor and author, resident in France. Her first novel, the Young Adult Last Kings of Sark (2013), is a nonfantastic coming-of-age tale whose setting on Sark achieves an intensity close to the fantastic. Dreamland (2021) is placed in a Near Future Britain, partially submerged due to the consequences of Climate Change. The young ...

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. ...



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