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Stead, W T

(1849-1912) UK editor (from 1871) and author; brother of F Herbert Stead. He edited Borderland, a journal dealing with psychic phenomena, during 1893-1897, and founded and edited The Review of Reviews in 1890. His contribution to The Rajah's Sapphire (1896) uncredited with M P Shiel may not extend further than supplying the plot to Shiel. He is perhaps most notorious for an article, "Maiden Tribute to Modern Babylon" (9 July 1885 The Pall Mall Gazette), which, perhaps pruriently, details the ...

Beast, The

Videogame (2001; vt A.I. Web Game). Microsoft. Designed by Jordan Weisman, Elan Lee, Sean Stewart. Platforms: Web. / The Beast was the first Alternate Reality Game. The key premises underlying its design were that it should be a cooperative game (solved by many people working together on the internet), that its existence should be kept secret from the players (so that they could discover it on their own), that its story should be delivered through as many routes as possible (including ...

Ignotus Award

The annual Award, similar in scope to the Hugo, presented by the Spanish Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Association during the Spanish Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Convention known as HispaCon. These awards were established in 1991, and are named in honour of Coronel Ignotus, one of the pioneering sf authors in Spain (which see). The voting system consists of two phases: election of finalists and voting; to take part in them it is necessary only to sign up for a census managed by ...

Lieberman, Herbert

(1933-    ) US editor, journalist and author of several novels, most of which engage in scenarios involving flight and literal or metaphorical incarceration, but only one of which, Sandman, Sleep (1993), is sf. In the moderately distant Near Future, on a congested but psychically remote Island, a Mad Scientist father-figure conducts experiments in Genetic Engineering in his search for Immortality. References to H G Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) are made at ...

Armytage, W H G

(1915-1998) South-African born author and professor of education, in the UK from well before World War Two; he published several articles with an sf focus in journals such as Extrapolation and Riverside Quarterly. Of interest to sf readers among his fourteen books is Yesterday's Tomorrows: A Historical Survey of Future Societies (1968). Primarily concerned with literary versions of the shape the future may take, it assembles its materials mainly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, ...

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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