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Malik, Usman T

(?   -    ) Pakistan-born doctor and author, mostly resident in USA, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Crimson Storm" in Thirteen Stories for June 2003. He continues to concentrate mostly on shorter forms, though the ambitious The Paper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn (22 April 2015 Tor.com; 2015 ebook) is of novella length, and engages in Equipoisal juxtapositions of fantasy and folklore, while movingly fixed to the complexities of the ...

Olympica

Board and counter Wargame (1978). Metagaming Concepts. Designed by Lynn Willis. / In Olympica a Hive Mind has spontaneously appeared in a communications Web used on twenty-third-century Mars, and is threatening to absorb a million human minds before expanding out into the solar system. Earth's United Nations orders a raid on a vital nexus of the Web Mind positioned in the caldera of the extinct Olympus Mons volcano, hoping to gain information crucial to the success of their planned ...

Mars Attacks!

Film (1996). Warner Bros. Directed by Tim Burton. Written by Jonathan Gems, based on the "Mars Attacks" series of Topps trading cards (1962). Cast includes Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Jim Brown, Glenn Close, Danny DeVito, Michael J Fox, Lukas Haas, Tom Jones, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Martin Short and Rod Steiger. 106 minutes. Colour. / This anarchic Satire chronicles a Martian Invasion of our planet. When a fleet of flying saucers (see UFOs) is first ...

Spacesuit Films

Spacesuit films, as defined by the critic who has promoted the term, Gary Westfahl, are those space films that endeavour to plausibly portray the harsh conditions and novel features of life in outer space and on other planets – such as the absence of air, zero or low Gravity, and dangerous radiation – as most prominently indicated by the fact that their characters constantly wear, or are in close proximity to, protective spacesuits. Space films which ignore or marginalize spacesuits ...

Under the Sea

The world under the sea is an alien environment still in the process of being explored. John Wilkins, in Mathematicall Magick (1648), offered speculative designs for submarines and discussed the possibility of underwater colonization; already, in about 1620, Cornelius Van Drebbell (1572-1633) had successfully navigated a submarine rowing-boat in the Thames, and before the end of the century another would-be submariner had perished in Plymouth Sound. David Bushnell (1740-1824) built a submarine ...

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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