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Ward, Julian

(?   -    ) UK author whose We Died in Bond Street (1952) describes a Near Future London terrorized by the neo-fascist New England Party, which is attempting to take over the government. The city is put to the torch. [JC]

Poyser, Victoria

Earlier name of the American artist now known as Victoria Lisi (1949-    ), and the name used for her sf art. The former wife of sf fan Kennedy "Kippy" Poyser (1945-2009), she married artist Julius Lisi in 1987 and then went by Victoria Poyser-Lisi or Victoria (Poyser) Lisi before adopting her current name. She received a BFA from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and although she has attributed her interest in sf art to her attendance at the World Fantasy ...

Griffiths, Linda Marshall

(?   -    ) UK playwright, some of whose earlier plays edge toward the fantastic, beginning with Pomegranate (first performed 2006); of sf interest is Villette (performed 2016; 2016 chap), in which Villette (1853) by Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) is reconfigured into the Near Future, where the original protagonist of the tale, Lucy Snowe, is a Clone bred as a virologist with the task of finding the mediaeval remains of a nun, who may have been immune to ...

Williams, Arthur

(?   -?   ) US author of one of several similarly titled responses to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). Williams's Looking Forward (1925) posits a cooperate democratic socialist Utopia. [JC]

Beyond Good & Evil

Videogame (2003). Ubisoft. Designed by Michel Ancel. Platforms: PS2 (2003); GC, XBox (2004); Win (2006); PS3, XB360 (2011). / Beyond Good & Evil is an action Adventure, displayed in a third person three-dimensional view. It is set on Hillys, a colony planet inhabited by humans and anthropomorphic aliens. Hillys is beautiful and peaceful, a harmonious world where even the criminals are charming. However, it is under attack by the DomZ, a race of giant Psionic spiders. While Hillys is ...

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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