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Croatia

Croatian sf in its infancy (especially after the nineties) is not very different from the East European fiction and we can compare it to the Russian school of fiction. In the early days of sf in Croatia, writers dealt with adventurous and utopian themes, but later their focus shifted more to existential and social issues, especially after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Croatian Patriotic war in the nineties; typically they now wrote about the life of the "little man" who is repressed by ...

Starquest

Videogame series (from 1980). Automated Simulations (AS). Designed by Jon Freeman. / The members of the Starquest series are early examples of the Computer Role Playing Game form, modelled after their designer's successful Dunjonquest fantasy sequence but set in the same Future History as Starfleet Orion (1978). In the first, Rescue at Rigel (1980 AS, AppleII, Atari8, TRS80, VIC20; 1983 DOS, PCBoot) designed by Jon Freeman, the player adopts the role of Sudden Smith, a biologically enhanced ...

Maniac Mansion [tv]

Canadian/US tv series (1990-1993). Atlantis Films for YTV (Canada), The Family Channel (US). Created by Paul Flaherty, John Hemphill, Eugene Levy and Martin Short. Based on the Videogame Maniac Mansion (1987). Produced by David Flaherty and Jamie Paul Rock. Directors included Paul Flaherty, Hemphill and Perry Rosemond. Writers included Bob Carrau, Paul Flaherty, Elena Lesser, Cliff Ruby and Alan Templeton. Cast includes George Buza, Joe Flaherty, John Hemphill, Avi Phillips, Kathleen Robertson, ...

Davies, W X

Pseudonym of the unidentified US author (?   -    ) – described as "a well-known writer" – of the Countdown WWIII sequence of military-sf adventures, beginning with Countdown WWIII: Operation North Africa (1984), featuring a trio (called Triad) of quasi-Superheroes who stave off World War Three in various venues. [JC]

inFAMOUS

Videogame (2009). Sucker Punch Productions (SPP). Platforms: PS3. / inFAMOUS is a Superhero action Adventure, the design of which shows some influence from Computer Role Playing Game conventions. Gameplay focuses on combat, exploration, and climbing and leaping in the manner of a platform game (see Videogames); the game's mechanics are cleverly biased to represent its protagonist's remarkable acrobatic skills. The setting is the fictional Empire City, an analogue of New York in which the ...

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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