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Duff, Charles

(1894-1966) Irish translator and author who served as a press officer in World War One; his sf play, Mind Products Limited: A Melodrama of the Future in Three Acts and an Epilogue (1932 Netherlands), though breezily deprecatory of the 1960 world it depicts, introduces an inventive range of extrapolatory material, including mind control (and X-ray vision) through Drugs, carplanes and television phones, all contributing to a Čapek-like vision of totalitarianism in a world gone – ...

Academic Journal

In strict definition these are critical journals about science fiction, featuring no fiction other than as reference, published by academic establishments. By wider acceptance, however, these can include other critical Magazines produced within the science fiction fraternity which provide serious discussion and analysis of the genre to academic standards. / Academic interest in sf did not fully emerge until the 1970s (see Critical and Historical Works About SF), when science fiction courses ...

Andromeda Conquest

Videogame (1982). Avalon Hill. Designed by David Peterson. Platforms: AppleII, Atari8. C64, DOS, PET, TRS80. / Andromeda Conquest is a game of turn-based interstellar warfare which uses text menus and somewhat rudimentary two-dimensional displays to represent conflict between various Galactic Empires. Each player begins as absolute ruler of a species which has recently invented a Faster Than Light drive, with the intention of expanding out into the galaxy, conquering and colonizing ...

Denaerde, Stefan

Pseudonym of Dutch entrepreneur and author Adriaan C M Beers (1924-1998) whose Buitenaardse beschaving: de planeet larga (1969; trans as Operation Survival Earth 1977; rev vt trans as UFO – Contact from Planet Larga: A Report of the Investigation 1982), describes a visitation of Extraterrestrials in UFOs from the planet Larga, which is abut ten light years from Earth. [JC]

Shah, London

(?   -    ) UK author whose moderately distant Near Future Young Adult Light the Abyss sequence, beginning with The Light at the Bottom of the World (2019), is set in a 2099 London completely immersed after an asteroid strike by the rising oceans (see Climate Change; Disaster; Under the Sea). The young protagonist takes advantage of the London Submersible Marathon to search for her missing father through the subaqueous terrors and joys of the uncannily ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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