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Videogame (2009). Sucker Punch Productions (SPP). Platforms: PS3. / inFAMOUS is a Superhero action Adventure, the design of which shows some influence from Computer Role Playing Game conventions. Gameplay focuses on combat, exploration, and climbing and leaping in the manner of a platform game (see Videogames); the game's mechanics are cleverly biased to represent its protagonist's remarkable acrobatic skills. The setting is the fictional Empire City, an analogue of New York in which the ...

Perry, Richard

(1944-    ) US author of Changes (1974), an Equipoisal tale in which a sinister, Immortal Mad Scientist may in fact have supernatural powers in his threats to turn all humanity black: which is seen as a solution or a curse. [JC]

Lore, Pittacus

House Name owned by James Frey (1969-    ) – not to be confused with James N Frey – a serially controversial author and screenwriter whose works include the heavily fabricated addiction memoir A Million Little Pieces (2003) and the contemporary Messiah fantasy The Final Testament of the Holy Bible (2011). The Lore house name is associated with his Young Adult "fiction factory" Full Fathom Five, whose contractual terms have attracted further notoriety. Pittacus ...


For a general note on this encyclopedia's handling of Chinese names, please see Editorial Practices: Chinese and Japanese Names. / Chinese literature has a long tradition of the fantastic that prepared the way for, and leads up to, modern Chinese sf. Like modernism itself, the sf genre reached China through the unexpected route of Japanese contacts, in particular the foreign studies of the author Lu Xun (1881-1936). Long before his domestic fame as a novelist in his own right, the young Lu ...

Collins, Paul

(1954-    ) UK-born author, editor, publisher, writer and bookseller, in Australia from 1972. At an early age he began publishing and editing a Semiprozine, Void Science Fiction and Fantasy (1975-1981), which in due course transmuted into a series of original Anthologies, beginning with Envisaged Worlds: From the Editor of Void, Australia's First Original Science Fiction Anthology (anth 1978), the first three published by his first Small Press, Void Publications, and later ...

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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