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Gene Machine, The

Videogame (1996). Divide By Zero. Designed by Andy Blazdell. Platforms: DOS. / The Gene Machine is a Steampunk comedy, presented as a graphical Adventure with a strongly linear plot (see Interactive Narrative). The game begins when the player character, the pompous upper class adventurer Piers Featherstonehaugh, is approached by a talking cat in the foyer of his London house. This exotic intruder turns out to be a product of the nefarious schemes of one Dr Dinsey, who plans to conquer the ...

McKinney, Joe

(1968-2021) US police sergeant (with the police department of San Antonio, Texas) and author who began to publish work of genre interest with Dead City (2006), in which the Disaster scenario of multiple hurricanes afflicting Houston, Texas, is followed by a Zombie apocalypse caused by the Ebola-like "necrosis filovirus". This opens the Dead World sequence of standalone novels, plus some short stories, that share the same background setting. Of greater direct sf interest are Quarantined (2009), ...

Leigh, Stephen

(1951-    ) US author and musician who began publishing sf with "A Rain of Pebbles" for Analog in April 1977, and who sometimes releases short stories as Lee Stevens. The first novel of his NewEden sequence – Slow Fall to Dawn (1981), Dance of the Hag (1983) and A Quiet of Stone (1984) – brought him into some prominence through its depiction of the attractive feudal culture obtaining upon the eponymous planet, whose name seemed, initially, only moderately ironic. ...

Futures Studies

"Futures Studies" is the most common name for the interdisciplinary study of potential future developments and conditions. It has displaced earlier terms like Futurology and Futuristics which reflected the goal of creating a new discipline with mathematical tools capable of accurate Prediction. Frequent failures of prediction have tempered that ambition and complexity theory has highlighted the inability of any forecasting methods to capture the inherent uncertainties of open, nonlinear systems ...

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Film (1963). Hawk/Columbia. Produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Written by Kubrick, Terry Southern, Peter George, based on Two Hours to Doom (1958; vt Red Alert) by Peter Bryant (pseudonym of Peter George). Cast includes Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens, George C Scott, Peter Sellers and Keenan Wynn. 94 minutes. Black and white. / This, the first of Kubrick's three sf films, has worn well, with its curious blend of black comedy, documentary realism and almost poetic homage to the very ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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