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Rann, Sue

(1964-    ) UK author, cited as also writing as by Mercy Falconer; Looking for Mr Nobody (2003) is Near Future thriller set in Amsterdam, with a protagonist suffering from Amnesia while being at the same time hunted through mean streets and the coils of Virtual Reality. [JC]

Clark, Thomas March

(1812-1903) US cleric (he was the fifth Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island) and author of the Young Adult tale, John Whopper, the Newsboy (July-October 1870 Old and New; 1871) as Anonymous, in which the eponymous newspaper delivery boy falls through a hole into the Hollow Earth eventually reaching China. En route he visits the North Pole. [JC]

Brennert, Alan

(1954-    ) US television producer and scriptwriter, and also author, essentially of fantasy and horror. His first genre publication was "Nostalgia Tripping" for Infinity Five (anth 1973) edited by Robert Hoskins. In his first novel, City of Masques (1978), actors scientifically programmed to become their roles run amok. Time and Chance (1990) is a kind of sf/horror tale in which two ...

Full Throttle

Videogame (1996). LucasArts. Designed by Tim Schafer. Platforms: DOS (1995); Mac (1996); Win (2002). / Full Throttle is a graphical Adventure game with a point and click interface, set in a dark future somewhat reminiscent of Car Wars (1982). The gameplay is a prototype of the approach used in later action Adventures such as ...

System Shock

Videogame (1994). Looking Glass Studios (LG). Designed by Doug Church. Platforms: DOS (1994); Mac (1995). / System Shock is an early First Person Shooter much influenced by Computer Role Playing Games. It is set in a Cyberpunk world, with gameplay which combines puzzle solution, exploration and combat. ...

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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