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Teleportation

Although a common item of sf Terminology, this word is (or has been) used in three different ways. / 1. Charles Fort used it in Wild Talents (1932) as a synonym for "psychokinesis" or, later, Telekinesis; i.e., the ability to move objects by the power of the mind alone. This seems to be the first appearance of the term in print, as is Fort's use of "teleport" as a verb in Lo! (1931). Eric Frank Russell, a staunch Fortean, offers the variant form "teleportate" in Dreadful Sanctuary ...

Martin, Dorothy Knox

(?   -    ) US author of Yucay: A Romance of Early Peru (1941), a Lost Race tale in which a prehistoric Incan Utopia in Peru is described warmly. [JC]

Synaesthesia

Item of Terminology relating to Perception, which in normal use denotes association or cross-referencing between the senses, so that (to take a commonplace example) the colour orange may evoke the smell of oranges. The poet Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) was fond of such metaphorical sense-associations. In the nonfantastic crime novel Opening Night (1951; vt Night at the Vulcan) by Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982) the protagonist associates colours with voices, with the detective's voice being ...

Basu, Samit

(1979-    ) Indian film-maker, Comics writer and author who began publishing with the Gamesworld Trilogy beginning with The Simoqin Prophecies (2003). The sequence is notable for its use of the topoi of Genre Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], reworked exuberantly through an Indian lens. It helped establish Basu as one of the leading voices of twenty-first-century genre fiction writers in India. Further work included a Young Adult title, Terror on ...

Resonance of Fate

Videogame (2010; vt End of Eternity in Japan). tri-Ace. Designed by Takayuki Suguro. Platforms: PS3, XB360. / Resonance of Fate is a Console Role Playing Game (see Computer Role Playing Games) set on a Far Future Ruined Earth where the environment has been made uninhabitable by toxic gases (see Ecology). Survivors persist inside a stratospheric tower which functions as an air purifier; effectively, this structure is a gigantic Keep. Outside the tower, Mutants have evolved to endure the ...

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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