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Last Chase, The

Film (1981). Argosy Films/Canadian Film Development Corporation/Crown International Pictures. Produced by Martyn Burke and Fran Rosati. Directed by Burke. Screenplay by Burke, Ray Moore, and C R O'Christopher from an original story by O'Christopher. Cast includes Lee Majors, Chris Makepeace, Burgess Meredith and George Touliatos. 101 minutes. Colour. / Sometime in the relatively distant Near Future after a Pandemic has wiped out most of humanity and the world's petroleum reserves have been ...

MacPherson, John F

(1873-1939) Australian-born author, in UK by 1891; in his complex Future War novel, A Yankee Napoleon (1907), two Scientists – one a Mad Scientist who uses his Inventions for evil, the other an ethical Superman figure – oppose one another, as the mad one devises a brain serum that supplies him, vampirically, with mental energy sufficient for him to become the Emperor of America. In the end, after Britain's initial defeat in her attempted Invasion of America, and much warfare Under ...

Zhemaitis, Sergei

(1908-1987) Russian author who began to publish work of genre interest with the juvenile Miniaturization story Alesha Perets v strane gomunkulusov (1959 chap). His Young Adult tale, Vechnyĭ Veter: Fantasticheskaíà Povest' (in Mir priklyuchenij. Al'manakh 13, anth 1967; 1970; trans Gladys Evans as Eternal Wind 1975), set Under the Sea in the Indian Ocean, where researches in advanced Biology have been undertaken. A second title in this Deti okeana sequence, Bol'shaya Laguna ...


Videogame (1986). Infocom. Designed by Brian Moriarty. Platforms: Amiga, AppleII, AtariST, C128, DOS, Mac. / Trinity is a text Adventure that combines elements of magic realism, children's fantasy and science fiction, notably Time Travel with an overriding concern with nuclear weapons. The player begins the game as an American tourist in London, where reality seems subtly out of joint. A further breakdown in normality is announced by the appearance of an incoming Soviet nuclear missile, at ...

Scott, Harper

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novel, How I Helped the Chicago Cubs (Finally!) Win the World Series (2005), is a Baseball tale in which two frustrated Chicago Cubs fans in 2160 use a Time Machine to abduct two real players (Joe Tinker and Orval Overall) from the team that helped the Cubs win their only World Series in 1908, hoping their insertion into the twenty-second century team will work a miracle. The comedy is broad. [JC]

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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