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Gray, John

(1866-1934) UK poet and translator of French Symbolist verse, best known as a member of London's decadent-aesthetic movement of the 1890s, when he was associated with Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), Ernest Dowson (1867-1900) and Oscar Wilde and is a possible candidate for the title character of Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (July 1890 Lippincott's Monthly; exp 1891). In Gray's one gently humorous novel, Park: A Fantastic Story (1932), Catholic priest Father Mungo Park dreams of a Timeslip ...

Demure One, The

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of a Future War tale in the Battle of Dorking mode about the Invasion of the UK by France, via the much-dreaded Channel Tunnel, The Battle of Boulogne: Or How Calais Became English Again: Another Version of the Channel Tunnel Affair (1882 chap). [JC]


Videogame (1998). Epic Games (EG). Designed by Cliff Bleszinski, James Schmalz. Platforms: Win (1998); Mac (1999). / The Unreal series of First Person Shooters is a competitor to Quake (1996) and its various descendants, and has generally shared its rival's philosophy, with similar gameplay and atmosphere. The two series compete not only as game experiences but also as technologies, with the core software of both systems licenced to other game developers to use in their own products. The ...

Struck by Lightning

US tv series (1979). Fellows-Keegan Company/Paramount Television for CBS-TV. Based on characters created by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in Frankenstein (1818; rev 1831). Produced by Michael Friedman. Director Joel Zwick. Writers included Bruce Kelish, Phillip John Taylor, Michael Russnow. Cast includes Jeff Cotler (Brian), Jack Elam, Bill Erwin (Glen Diamond), Jeffrey Kramer, Millie Slavin (Nora) and Richard Stahl (Walt Colvin). Eleven 30-minute episodes; cancelled after three episodes in US, ...

Voyage of the B.S.M. Pandora

Board Game (1981). Simulations Publications Inc (SPI). Designed by John Butterfield, Edward Woods. / Published as an insert in issue 6 of the sf Wargames magazine Ares, Voyage was perhaps the first successful example of a single-player, paragraph-system Board Game, blending the branching narrative of a solitaire Role Playing Game scenario such as Buffalo Castle (1975) (see Fighting Fantasy) with the ability to move pieces on a physical board. Subsequent examples of paragraph-based Board ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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