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Card Game (1982). Steve Jackson Games (SJG). Designed by Steve Jackson. / Illuminati is a game of social satire, much influenced by Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! sequence, with one simple goal: take over the world. The spirit of Wilson's original trilogy is effectively invoked; the game abounds with ludicrous conspiracies, moments of high weirdness and quintuple-cross after quintuple-cross. Each player begins with a card representing their central conspiracy, or Illuminati faction, ...

Sky Crawlers

Japanese animated film (2008). Production I.G, Polygon Pictures. Directed by Mamoru Oshii. Written by Chihiro Itō. Cast includes Ryō Kase, Rinko Kikuchi, Chiaki Kuriyama and Shōsuke Tanihara. 122 minutes. Colour. / In a world at peace, humanity's belligerent instincts find an outlet in a televised aerial Future War managed by competing private corporations (see Games and Sports). The pilots in the conflict are "Kildren", human Clones who can be swiftly replaced with ...

Walsh, Goodwin

(?   -?   ) US author known only for one novel, The Voice of the Murderer (1926), of sf interest for depicting the Invention and consequences of a kind of Time Machine which accesses sounds from the past; as the title indicates, the voice of a murderer is thus detected. Walsh may be a not yet identified pseudonym. [JC]


Film (2009). Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment presents. Written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Cast includes Gerard Butler, Terry Crews, Michael C Hall, John Leguizamo, Logan Lerman, Alison Lohman, Ludacris, Kyra Sedgwick, Amber Valletta and Aaron Yoo. Colour. 94 minutes. / Death-row Prison inmate John "Kable" Tillman (Butler) murders his way through the real-life cast of the Computer Role Playing Game whose Virtual Reality and accompanying Media Landscape obscures ...

Lennon, J Robert

(1970-    ) US author whose earlier works, though they occasionally imply the fantastic, can be understood in terms of a heated, surreally dense naturalism. In its depiction of a small town transfigured by a domineering entrepreneur, Happyland (cut version July-October 2006 Harper's; 2013 ebook) edges into the Horror inscape of a writer like Jonathan Carroll; Familiar (2012), on the other hand, can be read as a genuine sf novel. Its protagonist, a middle-aged woman trapped ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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