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Conspiracy X

Role Playing Game (1996). New Millenium. Designed by Rick Ernst, Shirley Madewell, Chris Pallace. / The game of Conspiracy X shares much with its rather more haunting contemporary Delta Green (1997) (see Call of Cthulhu). Player characters are agents for a secretive organization known as Aegis which defends present day America against paranormal threats, frequently of extraterrestrial origin. The most obvious influence is the television series The X-Files (1993-2002), though Conspiracy X is ...

Realms of Fantasy

US Slick fantasy magazine, letter-size and saddle-stapled, published bimonthly, first by Sovereign Media, Herndon, Virginia, from October 1994 to April 2009, then by Warren Lapine's Tir Na Nog, Blacksburg, Virginia, from August 2009 to December 2010 and finally by Damnation Books, Santa Rosa, California from February to October 2011, a total of 102 issues. It has been edited by Shawna McCarthy throughout, though Douglas Cohen assumed the full editorial role from November 2009 with McCarthy as ...

McManus, L

Working name of Irish author Charlotte Elizabeth McManus (circa 1853-1944), an historian and nationalist whose learning and convictions were normally expressed through the historical romance. In her one sf novel, The Professor in Erin (publication date unknown Sinn Féin; 1918), a German professor exploring Irish ruins knocks his head and finds himself in an Alternate World, where an Irish Utopia has flourished, the Jonbar Point being Ireland's victory at the Battle of Kinsale (1601). The ...

Countdown

Film (1967). William Conrad Productions. Directed by Robert Altman. Written by Loren Mandel, based on The Pilgrim Project (1964) by Hank Searls. Cast includes James Caan and Robert Duvall. 101 minutes cut to 73 minutes for UK. Colour. / A year later, Countdown would have looked like a Space Documentary, for it concerns the first landing on the Moon, which actually took place in 1969. The film's struggle between the USSR and USA to be first to reach the Moon strays from the real-life facts ...

Mad Max: Fury Road

Film (2015). Warner Bros Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production. Directed by George Miller. Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Cast includes Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Hugh Keays-Byrn and Charlize Theron. 120 minutes. Colour. / Mad Max, antihero of three previous films in this franchise – Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2 (1981) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) – ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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