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Green, Joseph

(1931-    ) US author of sf and technical journalism who also worked for NASA, and who began publishing sf with "The Engineer" for New Worlds in February 1962. An Affair with Genius (coll 1969) assembles some of his better early work. Since 1989 he has also published short fiction in Analog, F&SF and other magazines as by Francis Marion Soty. Although many of his 70-plus ...


Videogame (1989). Maelstrom Games (MG). Designed by Mike Singleton. Platforms: AtariST (1989); Amiga, DOS (1990). / Midwinter is an unusual combination of real time Computer Role Playing Game and Computer Wargame, set on an isolated island in the aftermath of a devastating meteorite strike which has plunged ...

Barnes, James

(1866-1936) US author, mostly on nautical themes for Young Adult readers, whose sf novel, The Unpardonable War (1904), is an Edisonade in which – after war between Britain and America has been incited because America wishes to free Ireland and to annex Canada – the scientific genius Westland, "the Wizard of Staten Island", invents a device which explodes the enemy's gunpowder. America then takes the lead in ...

Drago, Ty

Working name of US author Anthony Charles Drago Jr (1960-    ) who began to publish work of genre interest with "Childspell" for Haunts in 1992. He founded the Online Magazine Allegory (formerly known as Peridot Books) in 1998. His Near Future near-space tale, Phobos (2003), interweaves scientific intrigue on the eponymous Moon of ...


Film (1967). Worldfilm Services and Memorial Enterprises/Universal. Directed by Peter Watkins. Written by Norman Bogner, based on a story by Johnny Speight. Cast includes Max Bacon, Paul Jones, Mark London and Jean Shrimpton. 103 minutes. Colour. / A successful rock-star (Jones) is used by a Near-Future UK government as a puppet Messiah to manipulate the opinions of the youthful citizens. ...

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 ...

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