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Snell, Edmund

(1889-1972) UK author, prolific between the Wars, specializing in thrillers (often with Oriental villains) and mysteries. The Yu-Chi Stone (1925) is a Lost Race adventure set in Borneo; The White Owl (1930), on the other hand, involves an ancient Toltec curse which is activated from an ancient temple and causes its victims to commit terrible crimes. Snell's sf normally focuses on Mad Scientists and ...


Videogame series (from 1998). Volition. / Descent: Freespace – The Great War (1998 Volition, Win, 2001 Amiga, vt Conflict: Freespace – The Great War in Europe) is a combat-based Space Sim in which the player pilots a single-seat starfighter, a descendant of Star Wars: X-Wing (1993) and Wing Commander ...

Marvel Cinematic Universe

A term first used in 2008 by Kevin Feige (1973-    ), President of Production for Marvel Studios and from 2019 chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment, to describe the interconnected universe shared by those Superheroes still remaining under Marvel Comics' full control, after various production and distribution deals over the previous years had conspicuously fragmented the overall Marvel brand, and had ...

von Däniken, Erich

(1935-    ) Swiss author of a series of purportedly nonfiction books, beginning with Erinnerungen an die Zukunft (1968; trans Michael Heron as Chariots of the Gods? 1969), which, based on a mass of often suspect and internally inconsistent data, argues that the Earth was visited by at least one Alien spacefaring race before and at the dawn of historical time; thus, for example, the Great Pyramid of ...

Betiero, T J

(?   -?   ) US occultist who founded the Society of Oriental Mystics in 1902, and author whose sf novel, Nedoure Priestess of the Magi (Revised Edition): An Historical Romance of White and Black Magic: A Story That Reveals Wisdom of the Ancient East (1916), attempts to rationalize the occultish version of Telepathy at its heart through the suggestion that the "Mind-Sender" that sends the thoughts in question is a ...

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 ...

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