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Videogame (1984). Synapse Software. Designed by Robert Pinsky. Platforms: Atari8, C64, DOS (1984); AtariST (1985). / Written by the noted American poet Robert Pinsky, Mindwheel was originally marketed as an "Electronic Novel". In design terms, however, it is a text-based Adventure game, in which the player takes the role of a "Mind Adventurer". The premise is that the Adventurer's future society is on the verge of destroying itself through internal conflict, and in order to prevent anarchy ...

Laurens, Marshall

(?   -    ) US author of The Z Effect (1974), which features a Mad Scientist whose Wild Talents seem, at least initially, unlimited. [JC]

Kelly, David J

(?   -    ) US author of the routine Killstar sequence of Science Fantasy adventures comprising The Baalbak Quest (1980) and Tower of Despair (1980), in which humanity is saved from a terrible threat. [JC]

Bamboo Saucer, The

Film (1968; vt Collision Course). National Telefilm Associates, Jerry Fairbanks Productions. Produced by Jerry Fairbanks. Directed by Frank Telford. Written by Telford from an original story by Alford Van Ronkel and John P Fulton (credited as John Fulton). Cast includes Vincent Beck, Dan Duryea, John Ericson and Lois Nettleton. 103 minutes. Colour. / A flying saucer (see UFOs), apparently of Extraterrestrial origin, crash-lands in mainland communist China – behind the so-called ...

Hadley Publishing Company

US specialist Small Press, 1947-1948, based in Providence, Rhode Island, owned by Thomas P Hadley. It grew out of (or was a renaming of) Buffalo Book Co, under which name it published The Time Stream (December 1931-March 1932 Wonder Stories; 1946) by John Taine and The Skylark of Space (August-October 1928 Amazing; 1946) by E E "Doc" Smith. A very short-lived company, Hadley was notable for publishing John W Campbell Jr's first book, The Mightiest Machine (December 1934-April 1935 Astounding; ...

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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