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Speedball

Videogame series (from 1988). The Bitmap Brothers (TBB). / The Speedball series is a line of violent sports games (see Videogames), frequently evocative of the film Rollerball (1975). While there have been a number of well received sports Videogames with a fantasy theme, mostly derived from the American football inspired Wargame Blood Bowl (1986 Games Workshop) designed by Jervis Johnson, the Speedball sequence is a rare case of a successful science-fictional example. The first game in the ...

Mutations

Film (1973). Getty Picture Corp/Columbia. Directed by Jack Cardiff. Written by Robert D Weinbach, Edward Mann. Cast includes Tom Baker, Michael Dunn, Julie Ege and Donald Pleasence. 92 minutes. Colour. / In this scientifically ludicrous UK film a Mad Scientist (Pleasence) attempts to combine plant with animal life, aided by the dwarf owner of a carnival freak-show (Dunn), who obtains human guinea-pigs for his experiments and exhibits the results. Tom Baker plays the sadistic, deformed ...

Amazing Stories Quarterly

US letter-size Magazine, companion to Amazing (but twice as thick) and successor to Amazing Stories Annual. 22 issues, Winter 1928-Fall 1934, first under the aegis of Hugo Gernsback's Experimenter Publishing Company and later (1929-1934), edited by T O'Conor Sloane after Gernsback had lost control, under the various incarnations of Radio Science/Teck Publications. In addition to short stories it featured a complete novel in every issue, beginning with H G Wells's When the Sleeper Wakes (1899) ...

Johnson, Edgar

(1912-1990) US ceramic artist and author, for whose works of sf interest in collaboration with his wife Annabel Johnson, see her entry. Johnson should not to be confused with Edgar Johnson (1901-1972), an earlier novelist. [JC]

Chosen Survivors

Film (1974). Alpine-Churubusco/Metromedia. Directed by Sutton Roley. Written by H B Cross, Joe Reb Moffly, based on a story by Cross. Cast includes Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Bradford Dillman and Richard Jaeckel. 99 minutes. Colour. / This US/Mexico coproduction is a small-scale, inventive little exploitation movie whose plot-line is purest Paranoia. In a government test on stress reactions, 11 people are hoaxed into believing that nuclear war is devastating the world. These "chosen ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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