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Grove, William

(?   -?   ) UK author of whom nothing is known except that he was the author of A Mexican Mystery (1888) and its sequel, The Wreck of a World (1889). In the first volume, a brilliant Mexican engineer, descended from Montezuma, designs a self-feeding locomotive which, after his death, turns into a kind of Frankenstein Monster: malign; essentially indestructible; worshipped by savages in the deep mountains. (Hints that it/He is a kind of avenging spirit of the ...

InterText

US amateur Online Magazine produced and edited by Jason Snell (1970-    ). It ran for 57 issues from March 1991 to December 2004, maintaining a bimonthly schedule for 49 of those issues up to Fall 1999. Although InterText was not dedicated wholly to science fiction, the majority of its contents was Speculative Fiction and Fantasy: it was one of the earliest such online magazines, following FSFnet and Quanta. Snell himself acknowledged the precedence of Quanta and Athene, the ...

Pagetti, Carlo

(1945-    ) Italian critic, since 1971 Professor of English Literature, first at the University of "G. D'Annunzio", Pescara-Chieti, then in other Italian universities: Siena, Bergamo, Turin, and most recently Milan, where he has taught since 1995, occupying several roles. He coordinated the doctoral program in English studies from its founding until 2005. / His Il senso del futuro: la fantascienza nella letteratura Americana ["The Meaning of the Future: Science Fiction ...

Wu, William F

(1951-    ) US author, married until 1990 to Diana G Gallagher, who began publishing work of genre interest with "By the Flicker of the One-Eyed Flame" for Andromeda 2 (anth 1977) edited by Peter Weston, and who has produced considerable work in various genres, receiving nominations for various awards; several tales make use of his own Chinese-US background. The protagonist of Hong on the Range (1989) had appeared earlier in "Hong's Bluff" (March 1985 Omni). The Shade of Lo ...

Strange Adventures in Infinite Space

Videogame (2002). Digital Eel (DE). Designed by Richard Carlson, Iikka Keränen. Platforms: Win (2002); Mac (2003); Phone (2004). / Strange Adventures is an Independent Game of space exploration, much influenced by Voyage of the B.S.M. Pandora (1981) but also suggestive of such early Space Sims as Starflight (1986) and Star Control II (1992) (see Star Control). Unsurprisingly for a game whose effect is that of a whimsical Space Opera, acknowledged sources include Star Trek (1966-1969) ...

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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