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Videogame (2009; vt Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason in Russia). Action Forms. Designed by Alexander Tugaenko, Dmitry Nechay. Platforms: Win. / Cryostasis is a First Person Shooter set on a nuclear-powered icebreaker trapped in the Arctic. The player character arrives under mysterious circumstances, to discover that he is the only living human on a derelict vessel occupied variously by frozen corpses and humanoid monsters who could be atomic Mutants, ice spirits, or neither. Survival depends on ...

Hartlib, Samuel

(circa 1600-1662) Polish-born scientist, chemist and author, in the UK from about 1628. Hartlib was long assumed to be the author of an anonymous Royalist Utopia: A Description of the Famous Kingdome of Macaria; Shewing its Excellent Government: wherein the Inhabitants Live in Great Prosperity, Health and Happiness; The King Obeyed, the Nobles Honoured, and All good Men Respected, Vice Punished, and Virtue Rewarded. An Example to Other Nations. In a Dialogue Between a Schollar and a Traveller ...

Lehmann, R C

(1856-1929) UK editor, politician (Liberal MP 1906-1910) and author, founder of the literary journal Granta (initially The Granta) in 1889, a member of the "table" of central contributors to Punch 1890-1919 and composing for initial publication there "Mr Punch's" Prize Novels: New Series (coll 1892), which includes parodies of H Rider Haggard (as by Reader Faghard), Jules Verne and the Future-War subgenre. A later volume, The Adventures of Picklock Holes (coll 1901), contains at least one sf ...

Chess, K

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Famous Men Who Never Lived (2019), revolves around the consequences of a sudden migration into contemporary New York of 150,000 refugees – selected by lot to traverse the portal – from an Alternate World America in the throes of devastation caused by World War Three. There are attempts to fix the Jonbar Point separating the two worlds as the death here in 1909 of a man due to become a famous author in the ...

Morte Viene dallo Spazio, La

["Death Comes from Space"] Film (1958; vt Le Danger Vient de l'Espace; vt Death from Outer Space; vt The Day the Sky Exploded). Lux/C C F Lux/Royal Film. Directed by Paolo Heusch. Written by Sondra Continenza and Marcello Coscia, based on a story by Virgilio Sabel. Cast includes Jean-Jacques Delbo, Madeleine Fischer, Sam Galter, Ivo Garrini, Paul Hubschmid, Fiorella Mari, Peter Meersman, Dario Michaelis and Massimo Zeppieri. 82 minutes. Black and white. / Americans and Russians have ...

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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