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Carroll, Lewis

Pseudonym of UK photographer, mathematician and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), whose famous children's stories, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871) – an early example of the novel (sf or otherwise) structured around the moves of a game of Chess – have had a profound impact on a wide range of writers, over and above the numerous Parodies, often dealing with Politics, that the Innocent-in-Wonderland ...

de Pedrolo, Manuel

(1918-1990) Catalan author of an immensely varied series of works in all genres (poetry, journalism, drama, short fiction and the novel); his full range of accomplishments has not yet been fully acknowledged. Despite his staunch resistance against the repressive policies of Franco's regime (1939-1975) – he was a Republican soldier during the Civil War (1936-1939) – Pedrolo mistrusted the Catalan literary establishment of the democratic era, choosing to play the role of cranky ...

Kornher-Stace, Nicole

(1983-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Pieces of Scheherazade" in Zahir for March 2006; her first novel, Desideria (2008), though it resists generic fixing, presents its Amnesia-afflicted protagonist (see Women in SF) in a manner typical of twenty-first century Fantastika. The Winter Triptych (2011 chap) though similarly challenging in its handling of material, is most easily understood as fantasy. The Young Adult Archivist Wasp Saga sequence ...

Brainstorm

Film (1983). A JF Production/MGM/UA. Directed Douglas Trumbull. Written by Robert Stitzel, Philip Frank Messina, based on a story by Bruce Joel Rubin. Cast includes Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson, Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood. 106 minutes. Colour. / A team of Scientists including the estranged husband and wife Michael Brace (Walken) and Karen Brace (Wood) invent a Virtual-Reality device which faithfully records human experiences (including the accompanying emotions) and allows them ...

Reach for the Stars

Videogame (1983). Strategic Studies Group (SSG). Designed by Roger Keating, Ian Trout. Platforms: C64 (1983); AppleII (1985); DOS (1986); Amiga (1988). / Reach For The Stars is essentially a skilfully implemented conversion of the board-and-counter game Stellar Conquest (1974) to a form suitable for home computers. As such it is the most important link between that seminal Wargame and Master of Orion (1993), the first work to be described as a 4X Game. Like Stellar Conquest, Reach For The ...

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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