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Cline, Ernest

(1972-    ) US screenwriter and author whose Ready Player sequence, beginning with Ready Player One (2011), is set in a Near Future 2044 where Climate Change and other degradations have made the external world profoundly unpleasant. In this context, the creation of a total-immersion Cyberspace-styled Virtual Reality known as the Oasis – its late inventor and exploiter, James Halliday, has some characteristics in common with Steve Jobs (1955-2011) in real life, and ...

Black Magic M-66

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1987). Based on the Manga by Masamune Shirow. AIC. Directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo. Written by Masamune Shirow. Voice cast includes Ichiro Nagai, Yoshiko Sakakibara and Chisa Yokoyama. 47 minutes. Colour. / When a sabotaged military aircraft crashes into a forest, the two M-66 anti-personnel automated soldiers (see Androids) it carries escape. Created by Professor Matthew (Nagai), these were loaded with an experimental assassination program: as it was ...

Dunne, Thomas L

(1946-    ) US author whose first novel, The Scourge (1978), is a medical sf thriller (see Medicine) in which a cancer plague causes widespread Disaster, a Pandemic which devastates much of the western world. [JC]

Garlick, Nicholas

(?   -    ) UK author – using his real name, not a pseudonym derived from the Catholic recusant and martyr of that name (circa 1555-1588) – of one sf novel, California Dreaming (1981), for Robert Hale Limited, in which Drugs are able, at least in California, to make thoughts real. [JC]

Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation, The

UK Fanzine/Newszine edited by Tony Chester, Graham Connor (until his death in late 2018) and Jonathan Cowie. Launched at the 1987 UK Eastercon as a nominally annual A4 print publication with nine issues to 1997 (skipping 1995 and 1996); after a two-year hiatus it migrated online in 1999. Currently updated each academic term: spring, summer and autumn. / Print editions of SF² Concatenation – as it is known for short – were distributed at Eastercons and by mail to specialist ...

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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